Wesley Chapel, Florida -- Pasco County Sheriff's investigators say a tip from the community led to a major bust of prescription drugs, guns, and cash.
Detectives say they seized 47 guns, pills, and thousands of dollars cash from Mark Eisenberg's home where he lives with his girlfriend, Joyce Stafford, on Laughridge Place in Wesley Chapel, as well as his Zephyrhills business, Carpet Outlet, on Gall Boulevard.
READ:Mark Eisenberg's arrest affidavits (PDF)
The sheriff says the tip came from a business owner and led to an undercover investigation of Eisenberg for more than a year. Deputies arrested the 55-year-old, as well as Stafford.
"I would've never imagined. They were just a normal neighbor across the street. There were a bunch of cars parked there, sometimes it was difficult to get in our driveway. I never would've suspected anything like this," says neighbor Steve Mumaw.
Pasco County Sheriff's Investigators say what's been going down for the past year across from Mumaw's Wesley Chapel home is anything but normal.
A SWAT team swarmed Eisenberg and Stafford's home. Investigators say they found guns and prescription pills buried in the ground at the house, as well as at his at Zephyrhills Carpet Outlet store.
Detectives say they seized 47 guns, pills, and thousands of dollars cash from Mark Eisenberg's home and business. His girlfriend, Joyce Staford, has also been arrested. WTSP
They also seized $3,300, marijuana, and Rolex watches. Sheriff Chris Nocco says it's all part of Eisenberg's elaborate drug dealing business.
"To see all those guns and weapons... to think it could've been in the house right across the street from where we live, it's very difficult to think about," says Mumaw.
A woman at the home slammed the door when 10 News crews tried to talk with her about the arrests.
Business owners across from the carpet store say they knew Eisenberg was selling more than flooring. "There would be shady characters walking in and out of there quite often," says Commercial Realtor Brent Nye.
Investigators say Eisenberg would use drug addicts to supply his prescription pills, by making a doctor's appointment for them, driving them there, then, taking most of the pills to sell.
At times, 10 News is told he'd sell the drugs in front of his 7-year-old son and 8-year-old relative.
"This guy had no concern for anyone in the community not even for little kids," says Sheriff Chris Nocco.
The sheriff believes Eisenberg would even take EBT food stamp cards in exchange for the drugs. "Unfortunately, the taxpayer dollars through the EBT system was fueling the addiction was fueling crime," says Sheriff Nocco. "People think this doesn't affect them, when they think the prescription pills, the drugs, the violence doesn't affect them - it does. When we're paying taxpayer dollars to support those we believe are in need, they're using them for crime, it directly impacts us," Sheriff Nocco says.
Investigators are tracking down the names on the EBT cards, checking to see if any of the guns are stolen or have been used in a crime and say more arrests are possible.
Prosecutors will make sure Eisenberg doesn't use drug money to post his more than $600,000 bond.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office seized the following items:
- Approximately 47 firearms
- 3 Rolex watches
- Miscellaneous documents
- Various gift cards
- 12 Access State Benefit Cards (EBT/Food Stamp cards issued to other persons not present)
- Financial documents
- $3,300 in U.S. currency
- A 1999 GMC van
- A 2011 Chevrolet Silverado truck
- 11.2 grams of Oxycodone
- 33.1 grams of Hydrocodone
- 4.3 grams of Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- 9.3 grams of Morphine
- 0.6 grams of Clonazapam (Klonopin)
- 17.5 grams Propoxyphene (Propacet)
- 3.6 grams of Amphetamine (Adderall)
- 1.0 gram of Carisoprodol (Soma)
- 3.89 grams of Alprazolam (Xanax)
- 191 grams of marijuana