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Pinellas deputies arrest man accused of running Coquina Key drug house

Surveillance of a suspected drug house on Coquina Key led to the arrest Thursday of a man on several drug and gun charges.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Thursday raided the home along Lewis Boulevard, one of the residential community's two main drags, seizing massive quantities of marijuana and arresting 26-year-old Christopher Calkins on 10 charges ranging from drug to gun offenses.

The Sheriff's Office said Calkins used to house to manufacture and sell marijuana, THC oil and THC wax, a highly potent form of the drug also referred to as dabs.

According to Calkins' arrest report, deputies conducted surveillance over the house for "an extended period of time," observing people frequently coming and going from the house. Deputies said that was indicative of drug sales and allowed them to secure a search warrant.

Once inside the house at 406 Lewis Boulevard SE, deputies said they found 8.4 pounds of marijuana along with scales and baggies. They also found butane, parchment paper and glass baking trays with marijuana residue, materials used to make dabs. Authorities also seized 51 containers of "Loud Stix" cannabis oil coming in at 714 grams.

The Sheriff's Office's haul only got danker from there.

Calkins, who is a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of multiple firearms and ammunition including an AK-47, Glock 17 9mm and Smith &Wesson .40-caliber pistol.

Calkins faces charges including operating a drug house, manufacturing marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of ammunition by a felon and multiple counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is currently being held in Pinellas County Jail.

Calkins was convicted of leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury in 2016, jail records show.

The Lewis Boulevard home wasn't the first Coquina Key drug house in recent history. The St. Petersburg Police Department in 2015 accused Terrance Jones, Leslie Cooper and Cinton Cooper of running a drug house out of a home at 4175 Whiting Drive SE on Coquina Key.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at [email protected] Follow @danuscripts.

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