Ocala police uncover drug operation run by father and son during shooting investigation

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - A shooting investigation lead Ocala police to uncover an interesting family dynamic.

During an executed search warrant, at a duplex home on NE 3rd Street in Ocala, detectives found more than six pounds of marijuana, narcotics including fentanyl, guns and other stolen items.

It all stemmed from a shooting on Sunday. The victim in the shooting originally went to the home to buy some marijuana.

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After the deal went bad, he found his way to the hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries where police were able to interview him.

When police were investigating on Monday, they found what they believed to be drug activity, and they were right.

Police released these images from the bust.

Great Investigation by OPD Major Crimes! Detective Coughlin along with members of UDEST conducted a search warrant on a...

Posted by Ocala Police Department on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The drug operation was being run by Ricky Kirkland and his son.

“Getting that fentanyl off the street is a really big deal. It reduced overdoes deaths and it really keeps our citizens healthy to keep that off the streets. Very big bust, very, very happy with our Major Crimes Unit, UDEST, and we’re excited to do more of this for Ocala,” OPD Public Information Officer, Corie Byrd said.

Kirkland has been charged with attempted murder, and a number of other drug related charges.

He also has a history with law enforcement.

He was previously in the Marion County jail on charges of aggravated battery, and was arrested for DUI.

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