On 08-26-2021 at 11:34 p.m., Deputy Y. Hantzis and Deputy S. Gutierrez observed a Chevrolet truck traveling northbound on Commercial Way by Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Deputies noted the vehicle had inoperable tag lights. Furthermore, a check of the vehicle’s registration revealed the registered owner, who was also the driver, Travis Kent DOB/06-16-1979, had an expired driver license of more than six months.
A traffic stop was conducted where deputies made contact with Kent and his girlfriend, front seat passenger, Kristen Nugent DOB/08-26-1984. During the traffic stop investigation, consent was given by the occupants to search the vehicle. The vehicle search revealed a trafficking amount of methamphetamine (approximately 20 grams) that was packaged in separate baggies consistent with distribution.
Deputies also located paraphernalia and an unknown white substance inside the vehicle. The suspects were arrested and transported to the Hernando County Detention Center for processing.
Kent was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Driving with an Expired License. His bond was set at $41,500.
Nugent was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $41,000.
The Office of Sheriff:
The Office of the Sheriff is established by the Florida Constitution. As a constitutional officer, the Sheriff has the exclusive authority to administer his or her agency and is responsible for preserving the peace throughout the entire county, carrying out the laws of the state, the orders of Florida courts, and the ordinances of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement and correctional officer of the county.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis was initially appointed as the Sheriff of Hernando County by the Governor in January of 2011. He was then elected by the people of Hernando County in 2012, ran unopposed in 2016, and was re-elected in 2020. Sheriff Nienhuis remains accountable to the people of Hernando County.