Hernando County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people early Wednesday morning on a plethora of drug and trafficking charges.

Two Arrested In Brooksville With Meth, Cocaine, And Fentanyl

 Hernando County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people early Wednesday morning on a plethora of drug and trafficking charges.
Crystal Hovis, 30, and Samuel Stockdale, 37 arrested on drug trafficking charges. Source: HCSO

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people early Wednesday morning on a plethora of drug and trafficking charges.

On Wednesday at approximately 2:40 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff Deputy Z. Vasquez was conducting patrols in the area of Broad Street and Wiscon Road when he observed a suspicious vehicle backed into a parking space at Alejandro’s Mexican Grill, located in Brooksville.

“As the restaurant was not open for business at the time, Deputy Vasquez suspected the occupant(s) of the vehicle may be involved in some type of illegal activity,” said HCSO.

According to investigators, the deputy approached the black Kia Optima and saw a male in the driver’s seat and a female in the front passenger seat.

As other deputies began attempting to remove the individuals from the vehicle, the Optima rolled forward in the parking lot but was stopped by a curb, according to HCSO.

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The female passenger, later identified as Crystal Hovis, 30, exited the vehicle and attempted to run away; however, she was quickly apprehended by a deputy on the scene.

When deputies made contact with the driver, later identified as Samuel Stockdale, 37, they found baggies containing a crystal-like substance.

The substances contained in the baggies field tested positive for the following illegal narcotics:

  • Methamphetamine – 111.29 grams
  • Cocaine – 70.6 grams
  • Fentanyl – 3.0 grams
  • Marijuana – 3.0 grams
  • Pills – 3 whole pills and 3 half pills – 1.2 grams

Both occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and landed a litany of charges, including trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine.

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