Sunday, July 5, 2020
76.7 F
Ocala

Drug enforcement strike team nabs four during undercover sting in Ocala

The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) has been conducting surveillance around the downtown area of Ocala after receiving complaints about suspected drug use and sale of a synthetic cannabinoid known as “K2.”

Marcus Jerome Kent, Darrell Tirrell Guyton, Sara Lynn Bushong and Lester Justin Range

Based upon information the team had gathered, agents recently undertook an undercover buy/bust operation. During the sting, UDEST embedded an undercover agent that targeted suspected dealers identified during weekly surveillance missions.

UDEST successfully executed the operation without any issues. The sting resulted in the following arrests:

  • Marcus Jerome Kent, 46 – Charged with sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a community center, possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Darrell Tirrell Guyton, 45 – Charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Sara Lynn Bushong, 27 – Charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Lester Justin Range, 30 – Charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

UDEST is an initiative of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It is comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement from the Ocala Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

Ocklawaha woman accused of punching man in face during spat

An Ocklawaha woman who told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to just go ahead and arrest her was charged with simple domestic battery after she allegedly punched a man in the face several times.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

76 percent of Marion County COVID-19 cases in Ocala and Summerfield

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep through tri-county area, 76 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported in Ocala and Summerfield.

More articles like this