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Drugs seized in Morriston

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By The Staff

A Morriston man was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he allowed law enforcement officials to search the residence for a murder suspect.

The alleged killer wasn't there, but plenty of drugs were, and Juan Alvarado, 27, was arrested.

On Monday the Marion County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives met with Levy County Sheriff's Office in reference to a homicide that they were working in Marion County. Detectives stated that they were searching for murder suspect, Ruben Gonzalez and believed that Gonzalez may be living or hiding in Levy County.

Deputy Crooms and Deputy Martin assisted in the search at a residence on Southeast 196th Court in Levy County. Contact was made with Alvarado and he allowed Deputies to search the residence. During the search in plain view, according to a news release, deputies observed what they believed to be illegal narcotics inside the residence.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force was called to assist in the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the residence, which resulted in 26 pounds of marijuana, 2.6 ounces of powder cocaine and a loaded gun being confiscated.

The murder suspect, Ruben Gonzalez, was not at the residence and the search continues for him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 352-732-9111 or you can call the Levy County Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Gonzalez is wanted for the shooting death of Sergio Hernandez-Calderon, 36, of Reddick, a horse trainer who was shot outside a mobile home at 13355 County Road 326. The home has a Morriston address but is in Marion County.