A Clermont man was arrested for drugs and weapons charges on Tuesday following a joint investigative operation involving the Clermont Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and other law enforcement agencies.
On September 29, 2020, detectives with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit, Clermont Police Department, Eustis Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, and the Mid Florida Metro SWAT Team executed a lawful search warrant at the residence of 208 N. Bloxam Avenue in Clermont. Prior to executing the warrant, the target of the investigation, Vincent Cardona Sr., was seen leaving the residence in a vehicle at which time a traffic stop was conducted. A Clermont Police K9 Unit responded to the stop and positively alerted to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed cocaine, marijuana, and THC edibles. At this time, detectives requested that members of the SWAT team secure the residence. Once all persons in the residence were secured by SWAT, the scene was turned over to investigators. A thorough search of the residence was conducted revealing a trafficking amount of cocaine, marijuana, THC capsules, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded firearm. It should be noted that Mr. Cardona is a convicted felon and restricted from possessing firearms and/or ammunition. Cardona was taken into custody and subsequently charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance (THC), and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon with a total bond of $43,000.00.