Hernando Sheriff Charges Two in Drug Bust
The two are accused of importing the drug MDMA (ecstasy/molly) from China, according to the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.
SPRING HILL – A man and a woman have been charged with multiple crimes after a shipment of MDMA was found in their home, the Hernando Sheriff’s Office said.
Joseph Brown, 34, of Spring Hill, was charged with violation of parole, trafficking in MDMA (also known as ecstasy or molly), possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine. Brown was on probation on a felony charge of credit card fraud.
Danielle Fisher, 38, also of Spring Hill, was charged with trafficking in MDMA, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.
Deputies say more charges may be filed. Both have denied any criminal wrongdoing.
Members of the sheriff’s vice and narcotics unit were contacted by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations about a package of MDMA that was being shipped to an address in Hernando County from China. The final destination was to be 7036 Covewood Drive in Spring Hill; however, agents intercepted the package in Memphis, TN.
Surveillance of the residence and information obtained was limited. The name of the recipient on the package and the name of the person who lived at the residence did not match.
Deputies made a controlled delivery of the package on Wednesday (April 5). A man, later identified as Joseph Brown, answered the door and accepted the package. Shortly after accepting the package, Brown left the residence in a Mercedes Benz. Deputies said they stopped and detained Brown a short distance from the residence. Almost simultaneously, members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team entered the residence at 7036 Covewood Drive to execute a search warrant.
Brown agreed to return to the residence with deputies. The resident, Danielle Fisher, agreed to come home from work to meet with detectives.
As a result of the search warrant, deputies said they located numerous items in the master bedroom (bedroom of Fisher and Brown). Those items included a large assortment of credit cards, pre-paid cards, about 12 cell phones, and personal identification information belonging to people who did not live at that address. Deputies said the items indicated not only narcotic activity but signs of fraud (identification theft). The package that was delivered was found in the laundry room, deputies said.
Additional items located in the residence:
* 3.3 grams of an unknown powdery substance (sent to FDLE for testing)
* 1 gram marijuana
* .2 grams cocaine
* Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol (located under mattress)
* 493 grams MDMA (package delivered)
* Numerous items of paraphernalia
Detectives also located a phone in the master bedroom that showed the package from China was bring tracked.
For information about the Hernando County sheriff, go to hernandosheriff.org.
Photos of Brown, Fisher and items deputies said were found in the search are courtesy of the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.
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