Titusville police conducted one of their largest fentanyl seizures Wednesday during the execution of a search warrant on a Rolling Hill Drive home, according to an arrest report.
One person was arrested and 53.9 grams of fentanyl were seized.
That totals around 27,000 potentially lethal doses of the powerful opioid, which is up to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to Drug Enforcement Administration data.
While executing the warrant, detectives also found trafficking amounts of other drugs as well as dozens of rounds of ammunition and over $5,200, according to police.
Gregory Shuler, 41, was arrested and charged with
- trafficking fentanyl;
- trafficking cocaine;
- trafficking hydrocodone, a painkiller;
- possession of a controlled substance;
- trafficking MDMA, a stimulant also known as Ecstasy or Molly;
- possession of Xanax, a sedative;
- possession of a firearm by a felon;
- & possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis.
Shuler, was arrested and charged with multiple drug trafficking charges and is being held at the Brevard County Jail in lieu of $305,000 bond.
“Our special investigations — our vice detectives — received a few complaints about suspicious activity at the home,” said Titusville Police Chief John Lau. “They were able to act on it and develop probable cause.”
Shuler was arrested without incident away from the residence and brought to the house while the search warrant was conducted, Lau said.
Shuler is being held at the Brevard County Jail in lieu of $305,000 bond.
Overdoses have been a constant strain on the community and law enforcement as police work to conduct further investigations into illegal sources of opioids, Lau said.
“It’s horrific. What we’re seeing is we’ll have a tainted or bad batch of dope go out and we know that because all of a sudden we’ll respond to five overdoses,” he said.