Man arrested on attempted murder charge in shooting in drug-related fight in Citrus County

Deputies said Sidney Benton fired multiple shots Monday after an argument over drugs in Citrus County. According to the reports, Sidney Benton was in Marion County earlier that day with a woman who lives in the area when he got into a drug-related fight with another woman.

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Records show, the victim and a man at the home told the woman to leave and as she walked back toward the vehicle, Benton fired multiple shots then fled the scene with the woman.

“Illegal narcotics are a danger to our whole community. In this case, drug activity escalated to a firearm being discharged in a residential area, which could have had fatal consequences,” Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. He added, “Detective Laborda’s diligence and cooperation with our partners at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office removed a violent offender from the streets, making both our communities safer.”

Authorities found the vehicle involved in the shooting was later at Benton’s home. Benton was taken into custody on charges of attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


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A 17-year-old boy found with heroin in Orange City, deputies say

A 17-year-old boy found with heroin in Orange City, deputies say 1

A 17-year-old teenage boy was found with 11 grams of heroin in a Louis Vuitton backpack on Friday. The boy ran out of a car after it was pulled over, as per the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office,

The teen was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin, resisting arrest without violence, and tampering with evidence.

According to the deputies, they stopped a four-door car around 3:30 a.m. At first, the driver neglected to stop behind the stop bar at a crossing point. So, they went to approach the vehicle, a 17-year-old boy ran out from the passenger’s side.

The video clip shows one deputy remained at the scene to keep the driver while another pursued the youngster as he ran down an alleyway. On investigation, the driver said he didn’t know the teen and he was just giving him a ride.

In the report, it says a total of 11 grams of heroin were seized.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s statement, A search revealed a small plastic baggie containing heroin. Also recovered from the area was a backpack he discarded, containing several more baggies of heroin packaged for delivery. Deputies contacted the Department of Juvenile Justice, which issued him a notice to appear in court today, to be placed on home detention with an ankle monitor. 


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