SPRING HILL, Fla – A 49-year-old Spring Hill man has been charged after an investigation revealed 1.2 pounds of Fentanyl, among other drugs.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit was notified of a possible narcotics dealer who was selling large amounts of fentanyl in Hernando County.
Deputies say an investigation revealed that Jacob Spinoza, 49, was residing at 6099 Patricia Place in Spring Hill, was the dealer.
Investigators launched an undercover operation that resulted in numerous narcotics purchases made from Spinoza’s residence.
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Probable cause was developed for a search warrant at the man’s home.
The search warrant was executed on where a search of the residence revealed the following items belonging to Spinoza:
- Approximately 1.2 pounds of fentanyl (street value of about $50,000)
- Approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine
- Approximately 130.9 grams of marijuana
- 3 firearms with ammunition
- 34 Suboxone strips
- Drug paraphernalia to include digital scales and baggies for packaging narcotics
- $2,610.00 US currency
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website, 1 kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. Based on this estimate, the fentanyl seized during this search warrant had the potential to provide a lethal dose to over 200,000 people.
Deputies say that Spinoza is a convicted felon and has previously served two prison sentences in the Florida Department of Corrections for the offenses of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest with Violence, and Grand Theft.
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Spinoza also has previous arrests for the offenses of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Retail Theft, Battery, Possession of Cocaine, Violation of Probation, and Failure to Appear.
As a result of the items located during the search warrant, Spinoza was placed under arrest and transported to the Hernando County Detention Center for the following offenses:
- Trafficking in Fentanyl (over 28 grams)
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Person in Possession of a Structure for the Sale of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (Suboxone)
- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon
- Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams
- Possession of a New Legend Drug (2 counts)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
TOTAL BOND $141,000.00