Two men were arrested this morning by Hernando County sheriff's deputies during a raid of a drug house near a pre-school.
Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit, along with members of the SWAT Team, executed a search warrant about 9 a.m. at 949 Cobblestone Drive in Spring Hill, the residence of Robert Pulitano, 62.
The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation originating from a neighborhood complaint where undercover Vice and Narcotic detectives bought narcotics from Pulitano on several occasions.
Pulitano and Michael Morford, 62, were arrested. At the home, detectives located several baggies containing methamphetamine, a plastic bag containing marijuana, a container filled with methadone pills and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Detectives also encountered unsafe living conditions and contacted Hernando County Code Enforcement, who responded to evaluate the conditions. Code Enforcement representatives found numerous violations and will be following up with potential fines.
Pulitano's residence is close to a pre-school and a church, and it is along a route used by parents who walk their children to and from the pre-school.
Pulitano was charged with:
- Sale of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a church and daycare (2
- Sale of marijuana within 1000 feet of a church and daycare (3 counts)
- Possession of a structure for sale of narcotics (3 counts)
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession of a controlled substance (4 counts)
- Possession with intent to sell a controlled substance
- Possession of Marijuana (4 counts)
- Possession of paraphernalia (4 counts)
He is being held on $117,000 bail.
Morford was charged with Possession of drug paraphernalia containing Methamphetamine residue. He is being held on $1,000 bail.
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