Felon arrested on local warrant at traffic stop, meth and stolen firearm found in vehicle

November 14, 2019

Felon arrested on local warrant at traffic stop, meth and stolen firearm found in vehicle

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

A traffic stop in Zolfo Springs resulted in deputies locating a felon with an active warrant, methamphetamine, drug equipment and a stolen firearm.

On November 6, 2019 around 10 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on Terrier Road in Zolfo Springs on a vehicle that ran a stop sign. Approaching the vehicle, a deputy noticed the passenger to be Daniel Juarez, who he recognized from prior law enforcement encounters. A warrants check revealed Juarez had an active warrant for violation of probation for possession of methamphetamine.

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Zeus sniffed the outside of the vehicle and alerted deputies to the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and located numerous amounts of drug equipment containing methamphetamine, a stolen firearm and a large amount of methamphetamine (approximately 13.1 grams without packaging). A notebook was also located containing the names of known drug users in the county and the dollar amounts they owed Juarez.

Daniel Juarez was booked into the Hardee County Jail and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, violation of probation, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon without a license. He was also charged with the intent to sell methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

“Our K-9’s are one of our most valuable assets, especially in helping to rid our streets and community of dangerous drugs.” – Major Eddie Davis