Pasco deputies make more than 50 arrests on drug charges

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it arrested more than 50 people on drug charges over a 24-hour period in a sweep dubbed “Operation Balderstone.”

The sweep included a Wednesday morning SWAT-team raid on a Dade City home where authorities seized about 14 grams of “black tar” heroin, 320 grams of marijuana, 46 grams of cocaine, $516 cash, two short-barreled shotguns, three pistols and a Mac 11 submachine gun.

The operation was named for sheriff’s Lt. Charles Balderstone, the vice-narcotics commander, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service.

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