Drugs found in Citrus County home with 3-month-old child inside, police say

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Citrus County couple now faces numerous charges after deputies found over 400 grams of cannabis and other drugs and paraphernalia with their 3-month-old baby inside their home. 

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant Thursday at 9318 N. Travis Drive in Citrus Springs. 

The TIU had previously received information that Samuel Gorman and his girlfriend, Amber Branson, were receiving cannabis through the mail and utilizing different techniques to extract THC wax and hashish.

According to deputies, the couple was also smoking cannabis in their home with their three-month-old child nearby. 

After receiving this information, detectives say they quickly gathered evidence that led to the issuance of a search warrant for the main purpose of keeping the child safe.

When detectives entered the home, they said they smelled a strong odor of cannabis.

Deputies say they were able to located Gorman and Branson along with their baby and a roommate Samantha Carson.

According to deputies, detectives discovered the following inside the home: 

  • 73 grams of cannabis wax
  • 15 vape cartridge syringes 
  • 12.2 grams of hashish
  • 2 vape canisters
  • 435 grams of cannabis
  • 10.6 pounds of edibles (gummy worms) 
  • $6,260
  • Paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment

“Today, our TIU detectives were able to eliminate a risk to the youth in our community, and remove a 3-month-old child from a potentially dangerous environment,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “To those offenders who use cannabis candies and similar products as a way to appeal to children, our message to you is simple, it will not be tolerated in Citrus County.”

Gorman and Branson have been charged with the following: possession of a place used to manufacture controlled substance when a minor is present or resides there, possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of manufacturing equipment and possession of paraphernalia.

Deputies say their bonds were each set at $17,000.

The Department of Children and Families was contacted and the child was removed from the custody of Gorman and Branson.

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