$2.2M meth bust largest in Polk history

The arrests of two Poinciana men late last week may have crippled a $2.2 million methamphetamine ring run from a Polk County home, federal court officials say.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office called it the largest seizure of methamphetamines in the county's history.

Scott Eargood, 21, and Santos Zamora-Escobar, 27, were stopped along U.S. Highway 98 near the U.S. Highway 27 intersection Thursday evening. Inside Eargood's Jeep Cherokee, deputies found 229 gram of meth and nearly $3,500 in cash.

But deputies made an even bigger bust at the Platte Lane home Eargood rented for the past four months at Zamora-Escobar's insistence, officials said in an officials statement.

Another 110 pounds of the illegal drug were found inside the home. The drugs had a street value of more than $2 million. In a mobile home in Highlands County, authorities seized four more ounces of meth and several guns including a long rifle and an AK-47 type rifle.

Both men were indicted on charges of possession of meth with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess meth with the intent to distribute. If convicted, both men face up to 10 years in federal prison.

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