HERNANDO COUNTY, FL – On September 7, 2022 at approximately 10:40 am, while conducting proactive patrols, Hernando County Sheriff’s Detectives observed a man riding his bicycle on the center yellow line of California Street in Brooksville . Because the man was traveling on the center line, rather than the right side of the roadway with southbound traffic, detectives conducted a traffic stop.
The bike driver, later identified as Shane McKinney, 35. Although the outside temperature was above 90 degrees, McKinney was wearing a long-sleeved hoodie. According to authorities, detectives immediately observed a glass pipe protruding from the large center pocket of the hoodie. The pipe was removed and McKinney was taken into custody.
A subsequent search of the same hoodie pocket revealed a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance, as well as a plastic container containing a crystal-like substance. Both substances tested positive in the field for the presence of fentanyl and methamphetamine, respectively. The residue on the glass smoking pipe also tested positive in the field for the presence of methamphetamine.
McKinney was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to detectives, McKinney said his residence was very close and requested that detectives transport his bicycle there.
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As detectives proceeded down the driveway with the bike, they observed a vehicle heading toward them. Detectives noted that the driver of the vehicle was 31-year-old Johnathan Griffin, whom they had been trying to locate to serve an arrest warrant. A traffic stop was made on the driver of the vehicle, in the driveway.
Detectives immediately took Griffin into custody with the arrest warrant. After being arrested and handcuffed, Griffin attempted to flee on foot; however, detectives caught him almost immediately.
An arrest search incident revealed the following: He was in possession of 93.1 grams of methamphetamine, 1.5 grams of marijuana, 11.8 grams of crack cocaine, 54.6 grams of fentanyl, 36 oxycodone pills, 3 methadone, 7 unknown pills, two firearms, and approximately $17,000 in cash.
Griffin, who is a convicted felon with four prior felony convictions, is not allowed to possess firearms and/or ammunition. Griffin was placed under arrest and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking fentanyl, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of oxycodone, a controlled substance, crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer without violence.