SPRING HILL, FL – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit was notified of a possible narcotics dealer who was selling large amounts of fentanyl within Hernando County. According to authorities, a subsequent investigation revealed that 49 year-old Jacob Spinoza was residing on Patricia Place in Spring Hill, and was the individual suspected of dealing in the narcotics.
According to detectives, an undercover operation commenced that resulted in numerous narcotics purchases made from the residence on Patricia Place.
Probable cause was developed for a search warrant at the residence on Patricia Place. The search warrant was executed on October 7, 2022 where a search of the residence recovered approximately 1.2 pounds of fentanyl with a street value of about $50,000, approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 130.9 grams of marijuana, three firearms with ammunition, 34 Suboxone strips, drug paraphernalia including digital scales and baggies for packaging narcotics, as well as $2,610.00 in cash.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website, 1 kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. Based on this estimate, the fentanyl seized during this search warrant had the potential to provide a lethal dose to over 200,000 people.
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Spinoza is a convicted felon and has previously served two prison sentences in the Florida Department of Corrections for the offenses of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and grand theft.
Spinoza also has a long arrest history for the offenses of possession of drug paraphernalia, retail theft, battery, possession of cocaine, violation of probation, and failure to appear.
As a result of the items located during the search warrant, Spinoza was placed under arrest and transported to the Hernando County Detention Center and charged with trafficking in fentanyl (over 28 grams), possession of methamphetamine, person in possession of a structure for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (suboxone), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of a new legend drug (2 counts), and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $141,000.00.