Dunnellon – Jeffrey Brake, a teacher at Citrus Springs Middle School, was still behind bars on August 20 after his arrest.
Brake’s class has since been assigned a permanent substitute teacher.
On August 9, members of the Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, as well as detectives from the Special Victims Unit (SVU) served two search warrants that were successful. upon the arrest of the 52-year-old teacher.
Brake, a native of Dunnellon, received a search warrant for his West Edison Place residence along with an attached recreational vehicle (RV) on the property.
Upon arrival, detectives located Brake at the residence.
After securing the area and the individuals at the scene, detectives located a glass pipe that then tested positive for methamphetamine in Brake’s pocket.
Additionally, detectives searched the camper van and found two eyeglass cases containing hypodermic needles and three clear plastic bags. Inside one of the bags was a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 1.8 grams.
A second bag, weighing 2.3 grams, contained a brown substance that tested positive for heroin.
The third bag tested positive for fentanyl, with a total weight of 4.1 grams.
Detectives also found a digital scale inside the camper van with an assortment of firearms, bottles of prescription pills prescribed to Brake, and a variety of drug paraphernalia.
According to arrest records, Brake was charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, own / rent / rent a residence for the purpose of trafficking a substance. controlled and possession of drug-related accessories.
The Citrus County School District said it is investigating the allegations but has yet to speak to Brake as he is still in jail on $ 41,000 bail. They have sent a letter to his residence and plan to send one to jail.
If Brake does not respond within 30 days, he waives his right to a hearing with the school board.
Brake has been a teacher in the county since 2001.