Search warrants place meth dealers behind bars

June 8, 2020

Search warrants place meth dealers behind bars

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

Members of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, S.W.A.T. Team and Criminal Investigations Unit have successfully executed two search warrants over the past two weeks, resulting in arrests for the selling of methamphetamine.

On May 28, 2020, a search warrant was served at 1322 Mowatt Street in Wauchula, FL. Prior to serving this warrant, investigators received information of Jeff Sirmans selling illegal drugs on this property, which an undercover buy operation proved true.

As law enforcement entered Sirman’s residence, he stated several times there was “nothing in the house,” but this was not the case since investigators located several illegal items, including synthetic marijuana and a firearm with ammunition. Narcotic equipment was also found, including a digital scale, typically used by dealers to weigh their drugs before selling, glass pipes and a plastic straw with white residue, commonly used to ingest meth, and small plastic baggies, used to store and sell methamphetamine. A criminal history of Sirmans revealed several felony offenses, including possession of cocaine.

Jeff Sirmans was arrested and booked into the Hardee County Jail with 16 charges, including possession of ammo or weapon by a convicted felon, possession of synthetic cannabis and methamphetamine, using a communications device to commit a crime, drug equipment possession, and selling meth within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

On June 4, 2020, a second search warrant was served at 1263 Mockingbird Lane in Wauchula at the residence of Crystal Wilson, who had also been observed selling illegal drugs. A search of the home did reveal a glass pipe and a plastic bottle with a straw attached, both with meth residue on them, two small blow torches, commonly used to heat up drugs, and clear plastic baggies containing methamphetamine.

Wilson was arrested and booked into the Hardee County Jail on 6 charges consisting of selling and possession of methamphetamine, drug equipment possession, and using a communication device to commit a crime.

The mission of the Hardee County Drug Task Force is to suppress illicit drug activities and to make all of Hardee County a safer place to live.  Over the past 10 years, the task force has made 1,613 arrests for drug-related offenses and seized 90 firearms.