MARION COUNTY, FL – In February 2022, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) began investigating a complaint regarding drug activity at Willie Cobb, Jr.’s house on Northeast 22nd Street in Ocala, Florida. Agents developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the residence and on March 20; the search warrant was then executed.
In the house was a large number of drugs, including fentanyl (573.5 grams), crystal meth (883 grams), cocaine (91 grams), marijuana (391.5 grams), and synthetic cannabinoid (23 grams). Several prescription pills were located as well, including Trimethoprim (31 pills), Methocarbomal (10 pills), Tapazolf (16 pills) hydrocodone (38 grams), and Alprazolam (one pill).
Additionally, a loaded handgun, multiple boxes of ammunition, and an assortment of various magazines of ammunition were found along with various drug paraphernalia, including two pill presses, scales, baggies, several bags of Inositol powder (a common substance used to mix with narcotics), and several unused containers of Narcan. Agents also found $6,000 in cash that was banded in pre-counted stacks.
48 year old Cobb now faces multiple felony drug charges, including armed trafficking of crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and hydrocodone; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid with intent to distribute; possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone, alprazolam); possession of new legend drug with intent to distribute (three counts); possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of a structure for the distribution of controlled substances; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
UDEST is an initiative of the North Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement professionals from the Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations.