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Deputies seize cannabis, THC hash oil and $46,222 cash in search of Palm Coast house

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Deputies arrested Felix Vega, 20, on drug-related charges.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit members seized 5.3 pounds of cannabis, 1.5 pounds of THC hash oil and a total of $46,222 cash after a search of a house at 196 Pine Grove Drive in Palm Coast the morning of March 1.

They arrested Felix Vega, 20, and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. He is being held at the Flagler County Detention Facility on $5,500 bond.

The March 1 search was related to a raid a month ago, on Feb. 1, of a house at 15 Fariston Lane, where deputies seized 12 firearms, a half pound of cannabis and $8,433 cash. That search followed a series of tips sent to Crime Stoppers of North East Florida about suspicious activity at that address. 

After the Feb. 1 search, deputies arrested Morgan Michael Byrnes, 27, and Shawn Timothy Byrnes, 63, at the house. 

Morgan Byrnes was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of THC oil and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on Feb. 26 after posting an $11,000 bond. 

Shawn Byrnes was charged with possession of THC oil, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released the same day after posting a $3,500 bond.

But the investigation led investigations unit members to Vega and resulted in the search on March 1 after evidence suggested Vega was running a cannabis ring with Morgan Byrnes.

“Our SIU detectives did a great job connecting these two poison peddlers and taking them both into custody and out of our community,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “We have knowledge of previous violent crimes in Flagler County surrounding marijuana sales to include home invasions and attempted murder. I’ve instructed our SIU team to go after these drug dealers and get them off the streets of Flagler County before further violence occurs, and that is what they are doing.”

Further charges are pending on Morgan Byrnes and Felix Vega, according to the news release. 

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