Retirement communities and golf courses are considered some of the most relaxing places in the world, but what happens when cops uncover a secret drug ring among the petunias and scenic greenery?
The Villages retirement community in Central Florida was home to a drug operation and golf cart “chop shop.”
The property belongs to an elderly man who does not live in the area. According to authorities, his middle-aged niece occupies the property and neighbors have been complaining about the unkempt yard.
Sumter County Police followed complaints which led them directly to the residence at 1902 Antonia Place.
Upon entering the home, authorities found drugs “in plain sight” and recovered under a gram of methamphetamines and 20 grams of marijuana.
Authorities also found a variety of golf cart parts including windshields, wheels, tires, and seat cushions in the home’s garage and attic.
Recently, there have been complaints about missing golf carts in the area, and one of the carts recovered at the home was reportedly stolen from Georgia.
So far, police have not connected the golf carts found at the property with the reported stolen carts in the area. At The Villages community, many residents use golf carts to travel around the property.
They arrested five people that were apparently operating out of the home. All of them were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, keeping or maintaining a drug shop, heroin and paraphernalia possession.
The property’s owner, who is reportedly in ill health, had no idea about what was going on at the property.
The Villages is a retirement community that was created thirty years ago by the Morse family. People can build or buy homes there, and residency gives them access to Golf courses, tennis courts, shopping, dining, and more.