Search Warrant Nets Trafficking Amounts of MDMA, Cocaine; Squatter Arrested

CLERMONT, Florida—A squatter is in the Lake County Jail after Clermont Police Department executed a search warrant at a vacant home Thursday.

After receiving a report of suspicious activity at the vacant home located at 657 Winding Lake Drive, CPD responded to the home and found several individuals who could not provide proof they lived in the home, including D’angel Terry Pugh, 20, according to CPD.

Officers spotted narcotics and a gun in plain view and the CPD Crime Suppression Unit secured a search warrant for the home. During their search they found copious amounts of drugs, including 361 grams of MDMA, 62 grams of cocaine, 150 grams of marijuana and a small amount of prescription pills, in addition to the gun and a pill press, CPD said in a social media post.

Multiple bags of pills and loose pills were found spread out on a dining room table with a “Joker” imprint, along with the pill press and a hammer with a colorful residue that appeared to be used to crush pills, the affidavit states. A clear bag with 62 grams of cocaine was also found on the table, and a pink HP laptop displaying a “transaction page” on the screen was also found and when officers put the laptop in standby mode, they found the name “D’angel,” according to an arrest affidavit.

CPD found evidence Pugh was staying in a bedroom and in that bedroom, they found a small baggie of mushrooms, stuffed in a white shoe, and a cell phone. Pugh did not take ownership of the drugs, but did admit the laptop was his, “However, everything located on the table was in plain view and it would be impossible to say that one did not observe the narcotics at and around the table due to the volume,” the arresting detective noted in the affidavit.

Pugh was arrested for trafficking in MDMA, trafficking in cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held in LCJ on $301,000 bond.

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