A Pasco County couple is caught in traffic. Unfortunately for them, it’s not the kind of traffic that will move when the light turns green. Actually, they’ve been caught for trafficking in our area, so this couple won’t be moving for a while.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Ramon Aguilar-Hernandez, 39, and Damiana Alvarado, 38, of New Port Richey, were arrested on May 14 with more than $70,000 in prescription pills that deputies believe were to be sold and distributed in Pasco County, possibly in Wesley Chapel.

The report says that the couple, which had been under investigation by PCSO for five months, was returning from a drug-run to south Florida, when they were pulled over in their silver Honda sedan on probable cause. After being taken into custody, deputies searched the vehicle and found 3,280 Oxycodone pills, estimated to be about 393 grams. The search also found 1,413 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills, about 280 grams. The total street value of the meds was estimated by PCSO to be worth more than $70,000.

Aguilar-Hernandez and Alvarado were each charged with trafficking in controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute/manufacture/deliver. Alvarado also was charged with violating parole and is still being held on a $185,000 bond at the Pasco County Detention Center in Land O’ Lakes. Aguilar-Hernandez was released on an $85,000 bond.


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