'Operation Golden Fleece' yielded 26.9 pounds of marijuana
An Ocala man arrested by local drug agents late last year has been sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea agreement.
Frederick L. Scott pleaded no contest to charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Tuesday in Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti's courtroom.
The judge ruled that Scott, 34, who declined to make a statement before being sentenced, should have no contact with his co-defendants: Kyle Golden and his wife, Tiffany. He also must pay fines and court costs and cannot use cannabis. He was represented by Andy Ingram.
On Friday, Kyle Golden, 33, was adjudicated guilty of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, possession of tetrahydrocannabinols with intent to sell or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to serve a three-year prison term. He has credit for 263 days already served. Golden was represented by lawyer Ron Fox.
Tiffany Golden, 31, charged with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, had adjudication withheld and was sentenced to three years of probation. She was represented by James Tarquin.
Assistant State Attorney Janine Nixon prosecuted all three cases.
In November, agents from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team seized more than $90,000 worth of marijuana from an Ocala residence during an undercover operation.
The team of local, state and federal law enforcement officials had received information that drug activities were being conducted at 2060 NE 40th St. in Ocala. They obtained a search warrant for the home.
When drug officials arrived, they said they found Kyle and Tiffany Golden and their three children. Agents searched for a third person, later identified as Scott, and found him.
Searching the home, authorities said they recovered 26.9 pounds of marijuana valued at $91,000, 444 dosage units of THC wax worth $26,640, 200 vials of THC oil worth $12,000, $44,573 in cash, a variety of drug paraphernalia (smoking devices and heat sealers) a 2014 VW Passat and a 2016 Lexus GS350 Sport.
The majority of the marijuana was packaged in tin cans. Drug officials said they found more marijuana and THC oil throughout the home, including in the children’s rooms.
UDEST officials called the bust Operation Golden Fleece.
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