On Friday, May 3, 2013, what appeared to be a “routine” traffic stop in east Polk County resulted in the largest seizure of Methamphetamines in the county’s history.
Around 7:30 p.m. that evening, PCSO detectives conducted a traffic stop on a white Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy 27 at the intersection of CR 630 in the area of Frostproof. The traffic stop was initiated when detectives ran the vehicle’s tag, and discovered that the registered owner of the Jeep had a suspended license and a Hillsborough County warrant for VOP (original charge – Battery). The driver/owner of the Jeep was identified as 21-year-old Scott Robert Eargood (DOB 2/21/1992).
Upon search of the Jeep, detectives found over $3,400 cash bundled in rubber bands. Detectives also found a “trap” that had been devised in the back of the Jeep, containing .5 lb of Meth (see photos). Eargood and his passenger, 27-year-old Santos Zamora-Escobar (DOB 4/25/1986), were both taken into custody.
The detectives then responded to the two suspects’ residence, 1103 North Platte Lane in Poinciana. Inside, detectives located another “trap” inside the drywall of a bathroom in the home, which contained 110 lbs. of Meth (see photos).
The investigation is ongoing.
“I’ve said it before, and it’s never been more true—there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. As soon as our detectives saw the half-pound of Meth that the suspects took great measures to conceal in their vehicle, they knew there was more to the story. Their detective skills are unsurpassed, and I could not be more proud of them for locating and seizing the largest amount of Meth ever seized in our county. But our investigation has just begun. Through our partnerships with ICE and other federal agencies, we will identify and prosecute everyone involved in the distribution of these illegal drugs.” - Sheriff Grady Judd
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Zamora-Escobar and Eargood were federally indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District Florida, for 1 count each Possession of Substance Containing Methamphetamine Over 500 grams With Intent to Distribute, and 1 count each Possession of Methamphetamine Over 50 grams With Intent to Distribute.