You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

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

Cerabino: There’s sanctuary in ruling for West Palm Beach
Cerabino: There’s sanctuary in ruling for West Palm Beach

It’s interesting to contrast how two South Florida communities reacted to the threat of losing federal dollars over their handling of undocumented residents. When President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January that called for stripping federal funding to any so-called “sanctuary city,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez...
Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her
Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her

When a judge found Palm Beach socialite Mary Montgomery incapacitated because of dementia last year, an inventory of her Addison Mizner-designed split-level mansion commenced. Among the riches documented by the guardian and the trustees: a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley, $5.54 million in jewelry, $1.34 million in silverware and about $81,000 worth of fine...
JUST IN: Lake Worth man’s death in January was homicide, PBSO says
JUST IN: Lake Worth man’s death in January was homicide, PBSO says

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released the first information about a January murder. The sheriff’s office previously said a man was shot with an unknown condition. Scott R. Osterman, 49, was fatally shot with a handgun Jan. 8, a heavily redacted report shows. Because the incident remains under investigation, only half...
IN BOYNTON: James Patterson says he’s writing book on Aaron Hernandez
IN BOYNTON: James Patterson says he’s writing book on Aaron Hernandez

Best-selling author James Patterson is writing a book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL and University of Florida standout who authorities say this month committed suicide while serving time in prison for murder. Patterson made the announcement Wednesday while visiting Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach. He did not say what the title will...
Florida elementary school janitor allegedly sexted 15-year-old boy
Florida elementary school janitor allegedly sexted 15-year-old boy

A Florida elementary school janitor has been suspended after allegedly exchanging explicit photos and texts with a 15-year-old boy, deputies said.  Matthew Benedict, 29, of Lake County reportedly gave the teen a cellphone and sexted him, WESH reported.  Even though Benedict worked in the school district, detectives said, that’s...
More Stories