Kessley Carnes, 78

78-Year-Old Florida Man Charged With Trafficking Fentanyl In Spring Hill

Kessley Carnes, 78
Kessley Carnes, 78 (HCSO)

SPRING HILL, Fla – A 78-year-old Florida man has been charged with trafficking Fentanyl after a traffic stop late Tuesday night in Spring Hill.

Around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on the driver of a van traveling north on Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

The vehicle’s driver, later identified as Kessley Carnes, 78, failed to come to a complete stop prior to exiting a gas station.

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As the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw a large clear bag partially tucked under the back seat. The deputy noted the bag appeared to contain marijuana. Kessley permitted deputies to take possession of the bag.

Kessley told deputies that he did not have a medical marijuana card.

The 224.6 grams of marijuana field-tested positive for THC. Deputies also located a container with small baggies and a white powdery substance. That substance tested positive for fentanyl weighing 57.8 grams.

Kessley denied ownership of the container and its contents.

Kessley was then transported to the Hernando County Detention Center for processing.

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During the booking process, detention deputies found two clear baggies hidden in Carnes’ waistband. The baggies contained 7 grams of white powdery substance that later tested positive for fentanyl.

Kessley was charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl, Possession of Marijuana, Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Carnes’ bond was set at $33,000.

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