CCSO detectives earn honors

Two Citrus County undercover narcotics detectives honored
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Two Citrus County undercover narcotics detectives honored

Two Citrus County Sheriff's Office detective have been selected for special honors by the Florida Narcotics Officers Association.

Both serve in the CCSO's Tactical Impact Unit (TIU).

The TIU regularly fights drug use in Citrus County, by executing search warrants, arresting offenders and seizing large quantities of illegal drugs.

TIU Sgt. Ed Blair nominated the detectives to Region III of the Florida Narcotics Officers’ Association for Region III Officer of the Year awards. The names of the two undercover detectives are being withheld to protect their identities.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that these detectives have been selected as this year’s co-recipients of the Region III Officer of the Year award,” wrote Guy Daniels, State President of the association.

Region III encompasses 13 counties, including Lake, Orange, Seminole, Polk, Levy, Gilchrest, Dixie, Marion, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Citrus.

Sgt. Blair said, “Both detectives have gone above and beyond to make a tremendous impact on our community. Through their determination and often meticulous investigative techniques, the two have combined for an extraordinary number of arrests, drug seizures, and asset forfeitures for such a small, rural community.”

The CCSO said the TIU's hard work has netted the following numbers in a six-month span:

Total Arrests – 61 (33 felony)

Charges:

  • 10 trafficking
  • 10 sale of narcotics
  • 19 possession of a controlled substance
  • 8 miscellaneous felony charges
  • 1 Federal indictment
  • Drugs Seized:
  • 2.6 pounds of meth
  • 6 oz. cocaine
  • 2 oz. heroin
  • 8 meth labs
  • Search Warrants – 17
  • Assets Seized -- $24,912

“Both of these detectives are not guys who desire any recognition at all,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “However, they are such a dynamic duo you can’t help but heap praise on them, even though we can’t identify them to the public. This is not the first time they’ve been recognized for their endless commitment and tireless efforts to reduce the drugs in our community and it certainly won’t be the last. We owe them a debt of gratitude and wish them success in helping us clean up Citrus.”

The pair will be honored at the Florida Narcotic Officers’ Association annual awards banquet to be held in July in Orlando.