Two pawnbrokers are suing the Lee County sheriff and a deputy, claiming their agency has a policy of intimidating them and conducting illegal searches and seizures.
The Naples Daily News reports that brothers Christopher and Ryan Close sued Sheriff Mike Scott and former Deputy William Dunaske in federal court this week.
The suit claims the brothers, who run separate pawn shops, were illegally jailed without probable cause.
They also claim the sheriff failed to provide adequate supervision and support to deputies, resulting in a pattern and practice of unlawful arrests and constitutional rights violations.
A sheriff's spokesman said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.