A man was arrested Wednesday when agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team and the Ocala Police Department’s SWAT team raided an Ocala residence.
The UDEST agents served a double search warrant on two residences in the 1900 block of N.W. 12th Street where illegal activity was suspected. They arrested 26-year-old Gerome Whitehead Jr. and reported recovering drugs, guns, money and drug paraphernalia.
Whitehead was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell with 1,000 feet of a school (Howard Middle School), possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to sell; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, renting/owning/leasing a residence for distribution of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held on no bond and is due in court Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.
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.