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Deputies arrest brothers in Pasco County for possessing heroin, opioids in 'Operation Brownstone'

Posted at 7:19 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 19:21:22-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- The Pasco Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrest of two brothers in an undercover drug operation.

The sheriff's office says Operation Brownstone focused on the sale of opioids and heroin along U.S. 19 in Pasco County.

Brothers Marco and Fernando Maysonet, of Port Richey, have been arrested on several drug and money laundering charges.

Fernando Maysonet faces charges including three counts of money laundering more than $100,000, four counts of trafficking Hydromorphone, trafficking Oxycodone, sale and possession of Heroin, and possession of Fentanyl.

Marco Maysonet has been charged with five counts of felony possession of firearms, two counts of trafficking Hydromorphone, trafficking Hydrocodone, trafficking Oxycodone, and Heroin possession.

Deputies seized more than $400,000 in cash, property, vehicles, drugs and firearms during the year-long investigation.

"Not only will we identify you and hold you accountable and put you in jail but we will seize all of the property and all of the goods and all of the items that you have purchased directly with those ill-gotten gains," said Capt. Mike Jenkins.

According to the sheriff's office, 2019 will be the deadliest year for drug overdoses in Pasco County's history with 85 overdoses in November alone.