Video: Deputies in The Villages bust suspected drug house, golf cart chop shop
Video: Deputies in The Villages bust suspected drug house, golf cart chop shop


EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 5:30. COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON. A S.W.A.T. TEAM RATED THIS HOUSE IN THE VILLAGE IS LOOKING FOR DRUGS. THEY CAME IN WITH THE S.W.A.T. TEAM FULLY GEARED UP AND THEIR GUNS DRAWN. INVESTIGATORS SAY ONCE THEY GOT INSIDE, THEY FOUND A WHOLE OTHER CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE. SUMTER COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THE HOME WAS DOUBLING AS A CHOP SHOP FOR GOLF CARTS WHICH IS THE PREFERRED TRANSPORTATION IN THE VILLAGES. FIVE PEOPLE UNDER ARREST TONIGHT. CHANNEL 9’S MYRT PRICE SPOKE WITH HOMEOWNERS WHO WERE AWAKENED BY THE RAID. THE NEIGHBORS TOLD YOU THEY KNEW SOMETHING BAD WAS GOING ON AT THE HOME BUT THE CHOP SHOP CAME AS A TOTAL SURPRISE. Reporter: NEIGHBORS TOLD US THEY WERE SURPRISED BY IT ALL. THEY SAY THAT THEY KNEW SOMETHING WAS GOING ON NEXT DOOR BUT THEY DID NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND THEY SAY MANY CHEERED WHEN THEY SAW THE S.W.A.T. TEAM ROLL IN. DEPUTIES SHOWED UP HERE IN FULL FORCE TO SERVE DRUG WARRANTS AT THIS HOME IN THE VILLAGES. A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS CAME TO US AND SUSPECTED SOME TYPE OF DRUG ACTIVITY. Reporter: UNDERCOVER DEPUTY SPOT DRUGS HERE THREE SEPARATE TIMES. THIS MORNING, DEPUTIES RAIDED THE HOME AND MADE FIVE ARRESTS. HERE ARE MUGSHOTS FOR FOUR OF THE SUSPECTS. DEPUTIES ALSO SEIZED METH, MARIJUANA AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. I AM A LITTLE SURPRISED THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE VILLAGES. Reporter: WHILE ON THE SCENE, INVESTIGATORS MADE ANOTHER DISCOVERY. WE FOUND SOME GOLF CART PARTS AS WELL. WE HAVE HAD SOME GOLF CARTS STOLEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE ARE TRYING TO TIE THESE PARTS INTO SOME OF THE STOLEN VEHICLES. Reporter: SOME OF THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN THE RADAR ALSO SUSPECTED OF STEALING GOLF CARTS. THEY BELIEVE THE HOUSE WAS ALSO AN ILLEGAL GOLF CART CHOP SHOP. DEPUTIES SAY THE ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS NIECE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING AFTER IT. INSTEAD, SHE WAS RUNNING THE ILLEGAL BUSINESSES. IT IS SAD THAT FAMILY WOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ELDERLY. Reporter: WE LEARNED THAT 21 GOLF CARTS WERE STOLEN IN SUMTER COUNTY AND 22 IN MARION COUNTY OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. THIS CASE IS UNDER

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