Zephyrhills Free Press

Overdoses and drug seizures on the rise

On August 14, 2021 during a traffic stop, a Zephyrhills Police Department Officer seized over 70 grams of Methamphetamine and a small amount of Cocaine.

Thus far since January of 2021, ZPD has seized 577 articles of narcotics and/or paraphernalia which includes over 1,300 grams of Methamphetamine, almost 60 grams of Fentanyl and almost 40 grams of Cocaine, as well as 1,424 pills.

That amount of Fentanyl could kill around 60,000 people. So far in 2021 the City of Zephyrhills is on track to exceed last year’s drug overdoses by 14 percent.

Zephyrhills Police Chief Derek Brewer is issuing a Call-to-Action for Zephyrhills residents due to the recent spike in drug overdose related deaths.

“I’m proud of the tremendous work our officers continue to do getting dangerous narcotics off the streets of Zephyrhills, ZPD Chief Derek Brewer said. “However, we recognize that enforcement is not the only way to combat drug addictions. We encourage our residents to take advantage of local addiction resources. We are the enforcement arm and will continue to enforce the laws, while reminding our community members that there are services available for those who want help. We don’t want to have to notify anyone else’s next-of-kin about a fatal overdose.”

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