UPDATE: Deputies 'could see drug particles in the air' during heroin bust

UPDATE 11:50 a.m.: When the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office conducted their heroin drug bust Tuesday night, they “could see drug particles in the air,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Considered “the largest heroin-related drug bust in the history of the sheriff’s office,” deputies confiscated more than $300,000 worth of drugs at the home of Sharonn Albury, 31, in Fort Pierce. 

Special Report: Generation Heroin

Albury remains in St. Lucie County Jail and had his bail raised by Judge Thomas J. Walsh on Wednesday to $203,000.

As deputies entered the home, they found Albury mixing heroin and Fentanyl on the floor, Mascara said.

“Deputies had to wear protective gear when the entered the house, because the particles are dangerous to the skin,” Mascara said. 

The particles were part of the heroin mixture, which can absorb into the skin and go into the bloodstream, according to Mascara. 

READ: Complete coverage of sober homes in Palm Beach County

More than 600 grams of heroin and Fentanyl and $8,000 were seized from the home. Deputies also found a variety of heroin forms such as pills, dust and liquid. 

“People are not just injecting heroin but also snorting and smoking them,” Mascara said. 

Mascara said Albury “is more than a mid-level supplier” for heroin, and he had enough mixture to make around 6,000 doses. 

READ: Addiction treatment bonanza: How urine tests rake in millions

“Fentanyl is mixed into a lot of heroin substances because it is cheap and dealers can make a lot of money off them,” Mascara said. “Many build up a tolerance to Fentanyl just like heroin itself.” 

So where do dealers obtain Fentanyl?

The majority comes from China, Mascara said. Fentanyl can be delivered to someone’s door through the U.S. Postal Service, but Mascara said they do not know if this is how Albury obtained the substance. 

Original story: In a drug bust heralded as as “the largest heroin-related drug bust in the history of the Sheriff’s Office,” deputies seized more than $300,000 worth of drugs during a search warrant Tuesday night.

Special Report: Generation Heroin

Members of the Special Investigation Unit serves a search warrant at a home in the 2400 block of South 13th Street in Fort Pierce, according to the sheriff’s office.

Inside the residence, deputies discovered more the 600 grams of heroin and Fentanyl, which has been responsible for many of the county’s recent overdoses and overdose deaths, deputies said.

“I committed that our agency would track, search out, and dismantle the heroin operations wreaking havoc throughout our county,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “Tonight brings us one step closer to reaching that goal and should send a message to all those who may still be out there selling…we will find you and we will stop you.”

Deputies arrested Sharonn Albury, 31, who faces 30 years to life in prison, the sheriff’s office said.

Inside the house, deputies also found a loaded handgun and shotgun, deputies said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed
Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical...
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash. Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen. “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned...
Ibuprofen appears to mess with male hormones. Should you be worried?

In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men’s sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of potentially disrupting the body’s endocrine system - from chemicals in water bottles to WiFi laptops to wearing tight underwear instead of boxers. You can add ibuprofen to the list. In a study published in the...
Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure
Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure

If you’re worried about high blood pressure, there are some things you can do beyond taking appropriate medication. The American Heart Association (AHA) points to some not-so-difficult lifestyle changes to delay or lower high pressure and reduce the risk of illnesses associated with it, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Here&rsquo...
So what’s high blood pressure?
So what’s high blood pressure?

When headlines about new blood pressure guidelines pinged across my phone recently, I remembered a man my inpatient team had admitted to the hospital not long ago. He had gotten up in the middle of the night to use the toilet and passed out, hitting his head on the floor. The first people to find him described him twitching, so he initially got a battery...
More Stories