Crawfordville Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking

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Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

Crawfordville, FL - A 20-year-old Crawfordville man was arrested on drug trafficking charges after the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a search of his home and discovered prescription medication pills that were stolen from a Tallahassee pharmacy, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

Eric Jasen Gaines was charged with drug trafficking of more than 14 grams but less than 28 grams and possession of Schedule III or IV narcotics with intent to sell. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail on Nov. 9 where he posted a $10,000 bond and was released on Nov. 10. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an investigation for activities that occurred in Tallahassee.

The WCSO Narcotics Unit was contacted by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office about the theft of prescription medications from a Tallahassee Publix pharmacy. Gaines admitted to law enforcement officials that he stole prescription medications from his employer over a multiple month period of time. He also admitted to having additional prescription medications at his home in Crawfordville.

WCSO Narcotics deputies were granted permission to search Gaines’ Lilac Lane home and discovered generic Xanax and Hydrocodone pills and Publix Pharmacy containers. The pills were seized as evidence.

The total amount of seized pills included 390 generic Xanax pills which weighed 50.5 grams and 20 Hydrocodone pills weighing 15.3 grams. Two additional Ambien pills were also seized. WCSO detectives estimated the street value of the seized narcotics at $3,000. Arrest warrants are pending in Leon County as Gaines faces additional charges from the LCSO.

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