Hernando deputies seize nearly 200 pounds of pot from airplane

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A large marijuana-smuggling operation was foiled by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

HCSO Sheriff Al Nienhuis briefed the media on the bust, where deputies recovered 200 pounds of pot from an airplane.

You can watch the press conference below.

HCSO received a tip from Homeland Security that a small plane was acting suspiciously in the area. When HCSO  arrived they noticed the plane in the airport hangar at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Police say they were met by two men who refused to let them inside the hangar. A search warrant was executed early Tuesday morning where 200 pounds of pot and a Ford pickup truck was seized.

Joshua Overton, 32, St Petersburg and Aaron Andrus, 38, of Chico, California are the two men identified inside the hangar. Police are asking them to come forward. 

The bags of pot were placed in eight separate plastic bags all of which were placed in four large double bags inside the plane. Overton is the owner of the plane and rented the hangar. Charges that Overton and Andrus face are trafficking marijuana over 25 pounds, possession of conveyance of trafficking and possession of paraphernalia. 

Police say the pot is worth $1,700 a pound. Street value at $300,000 to $350,000. 

Police ask that anyone with information to please call the sheriff's office at 352-754-6830 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).  

 

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