Two Polk men indicted in $2 million methamphetamine case
TBO.com staff TBO.com staff
Published: May 7, 2013
Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Two Polk County men are facing federal charges after a drug investigation that led to the seizure of more than $2 million worth of methamphetamine.
Scott Eargood, 21, and Santos Zamora-Escobar, 27, both of Poinciana, were indicted on multiple drug-related charges, including possession of and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The penalty for each count is a mandatory minimum of 10 years, up to life in federal prison.
According to court documents, Polk County deputies stopped Eargood’s Jeep Cherokee on Highway 98 on Thursday. Zamora-Escobar was his passenger. During the traffic stop, deputies found $3,494 and 229 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Authorities then searched a house on Platte Lane in Poinciana, where officers found more than 110 pounds of methamphetamine, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Investigators estimated the street value of the drug at $2.2 million.
The next day, agents and detectives searched a mobile home on East Oak Island Road in Avon Park. Officers seized four ounces of methamphetamine, a long rifle, an AK-47-type rifle, and three handguns. Investigators also searched an apartment on 3rd Street Southeast in Winter Haven, where they seized numerous wire transfer documents.
This case is being investigated by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Polk County Sheriff's Office as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.