Two Major Drug Bust Arrests in Escambia County Include Former Sheriff’s Deputy

More than $200,000 worth of illegal drugs was seized off the streets in Escambia County. Deputies made two separate drug busts in one day.

The first happened at a home on Chandelle Lake Drive.

Deputies arrested three suspects during that raid — including former Escambia County sheriff’s deputy Kevin McLemore.

“During the search of the home investigators located bags of what’s believed to be bath salts and controlled prescription pills including Oxycodone, Roxicodone and Xanax as well as marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms,” says Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

But not only that.

“In addition, investigators found a pill press, and two fire arms,” says Morgan.

Investigators say the suspects used illegal drug tools never seen before in the area.

Investigators say the suspects in the first drug bust took bath salts and put them in a pill press to create a product that resembled a Xanax prescription pill. The press was also seized in the drug bust, one of the first of its kind in Escambia County.

“This particular pill press stamped Xanax.” says Lt. Robert Quinato.

This is what concerns investigators, suspected drug dealers passing off bath salts as a Xanax prescription pill.

“College kids are using Xanax cause it’s a downer,” Quinato said. “Now you add in a bath salt that they think is Xanax, and their reality is distorted [because] they don’t know what they are getting.”

Deputies discovered another illegal drug at the second bust.

Derricko Leonard sold and trafficked cocaine out of an apartment on N. 9th Ave.

“During a search of the residence, investigators located one and a half kilos of cocaine,” says Morgan.

Investigators say these drug busts are significant and feel good about getting these suspects off the streets.


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