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Crystal River theft call ends in drug bust

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 24, 2016

Deputies responding to a stolen property call ended up arresting and citing a Crystal River family of four for drug possession, an arrest affidavit states.

Robert Cronin, 33, Corvette Cronin, 31, Karen Cronin, 52, and Heather Cronin, 31, are all facing charges.

Deputies say they were called out to 6590 W. Arter Street in Crystal River in reference to stolen property.

According to an arrest affidavit, Corvette Cronin had reported some items missing.  However, when deputies showed up at the home, they reportedly noticed burn piles related to the use and possible manufacturing of meth.

Straws that had been cut short in order to be used for snorting along with broken meth pipes were are discovered, deputies say.

A can of ether, several other cans with puncture marks and battery casings, all thing used in meth manufacturing, were found in the home, the affidavit states.

Deputies say they detained everyone at the home and were given permission to search the property.

Robert Cronin reportedly confessed he had tried manufacturing meth four times and was attempting to make "fish tank meth."

He admitted there was muriatic acid in the barn and bottles of ammonia nitrate and sodium hydroxide in the yard, deputies say.

When asked how he got rid of the meth manufacturing waste, Robert Cronin said he burned in in a burn pit and there were still charred battery cases remaining, deputies say.

Deputies say Cronin admitted to smoking meth the night before along with his girlfriend, Brianna Lynch, 25.

Lynch also confessed to smoking meth the prior night and detailed her lifelong addiction to pain pills and meth, the affidavit states.

Deputies also spoke to Heather Cronin who reportedly admitted to recently smoking meth.  Deputies found two glass pipes in her purse but she denied owning them, deputies noted.

Corvette Cronin was also questioned by investigators.  Deputies say she admitted to buying Ephedrine for her brother and stated her drug of choice to use is marijuana.

She denied any knowledge of her brother manufacturing meth.

Karen Cronin, mother to most of the suspects, was the last to be interviewed.

She reportedly told deputies she was aware drug use was taking place on her property but knew nothing about meth manufacturing.

Deputies say they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Karen Cronin's bedroom.

According to deputies, a search of the entire property turned up meth pipes, marijuana, equipment used in the attempt to make meth, a glass jar containing chemicals and string, muriatic acid and trash piles where battery casings were located.

Robert Cronin is charged with manufacturing meth and possession of paraphernalia.  He was given a bond of $21,000.

Brianna Lynch was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of paraphernalia.

Corvette Cronin was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

Karen Cronin was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

All four suspects issued citations must appear in court on May 26 at 1 p.m.