Law Enforcement Bust Massive Drug Operation

( The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a house in Palm Coast, Florida last week arresting the home owner and a tenant. During the search, sheriff’s deputies seized 916 grams of fentanyl – enough to kill 481,000 people.

Arrested in the raid were homeowner Brian Pirraglia, 39, and Michael Connelly, 40.

According to sheriff’s deputies, 41.2 grams of Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim, a prescription-only narcotic, were found in a bedroom. Deputies also found hypodermic syringes, multiple spoons with white, powdery residue, a silicone pipe containing burnt cannabis residue, and multiple containers with residue.

Deputies said they recovered multiple used hypodermic syringes, multiple spoons with white powdery residue, a glass vial and metal grinder located in a black backpack on the floor as well as multiple plastic bags with residue in the master bedroom.

The fentanyl was recovered from both a large plastic baggie and a plastic jar labeled “Protein.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Pirraglia maintained that the white powdery substance in the jar was protein. Pirraglia also said that the plastic baggie containing fentanyl was a gift from one of his neighbors. Pirraglia denied knowing its contents. He also claimed that he does not allow drugs to be sold in his home.

Both Connelly and Pirraglia have a lengthy history with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Connelly’s criminal history dates back to 2007. He’s previously been charged with Violation of Probation, Fail to Return Leased/Hired Property, Fraud, Failure to Appear, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Hydromorphone, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device.

Pirraglia’s criminal history dates back to 2014. He’s been previously charged with Shoplifting, Violation of Probation, Failure to Appear, Driving While License Suspended with Knowledge, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment, and Resisting Officer Without Violence.

Both Connelly and Pirraglia were arrested and brought to the Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. Connelly is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment as well as Possession of a Legend Drug Without Prescription. Pirraglia is charged only with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment

Additional charges for Trafficking Fentanyl are pending Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab results.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office released body cam footage of the raid on Pirraglia’s house: