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Updated: 05/20/2013 11:20:00AM

Record county meth bust trail begins in Frostproof

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During a traffic stop in Frostproof, this hiding space in the back of a Jeep tipped off police in making the largest meth bust in county history earlier this month.

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A record meth bust in Polk County had its origins earlier this month in Frostproof, the sheriff’s office said last week.

On Friday, May 3, what appeared to be a “routine” traffic stop near the city 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. at the intersection of County Road 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 violation of probation on a battery charge.

The driver and owner of the Jeep was identified as Scott Robert Eargood, 21, of Poinciana.

Upon search of the Jeep, detectives found more than $3,400 cash bundled in rubber bands, police said. Detectives also found a “trap” that had been devised in the back of the Jeep, containing a half pound of meth. Eargood and his passenger, 27-year-old Santos Zamora-Escobar, were both taken into custody.

The detectives then responded to the two suspects’ residence, 1103 N. Platte Lane in Poinciana. Inside, detectives located another “trap” inside the drywall of a bathroom in the home, which contained 110 pounds of meth.

“I’ve said it before, and it’s never been more true — there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “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.”

On May 7 Zamora-Escobar and Eargood were federally indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District Florida, for one count each possession of substance containing methamphetamine more than 500 grams with intent to distribute, and one count each possession of methamphetamine over 50 grams with intent to distribute.