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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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“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.

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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.



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