CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — A Citrus County Sheriff's Office investigation has resulted in the arrest of a major cocaine trafficker.

  • Narcotics search warrant resulted in arrest of drug trafficker
  • Kharess Harrison arrested at Crystal River home, facing multiple drug charges
  • Detectives find 63 grams of cocaine and oxy, cannabis, ecstasy and marijuana

According to authorities, deputies, along with a tactical unit and SWAT team, arrested 40-year-old Kharess Harrison Wednesday at a home in the 3300 block of Amphibian Point in Crystal River. 

Harrison had been identified as selling drugs out of the home and was known for having a large variety of narcotics for sale. 

Detectives located a "cookie" of crack cocaine (approximately 17 grams) along with various sales, manufacturing, and packaging items. 

Additionally, detectives discovered 63 grams of cocaine along with 19 grams of MDMA (ecstasy), oxycodone pills, approximately three-fourths pound of cannabis and $8,100.00 in cash.

Harrison is being charged with trafficking in cocaine and MDMA, sale/manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $66,000.

Harrison is no stranger to law enforcement. 

He has 33 prior felony arrests on his record for charges such as battery on a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and cocaine trafficking. 

He has been convicted of 15 serious felonies in the past and was most recently released from prison in 2016.

"Drug dealers at any level of the food chain will not be tolerated in Citrus County and this arrest serves as a message to those selling or thinking about selling narcotics," said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. "We will never waiver in our commitment to the citizens of Citrus County and will continue to take down those that are selling illegal narcotics in our county. 

"As with this case and any case we build, we will work diligently throughout the court process to see that these criminals are put away for a very, very long time."