Lake Panasoffkee Drug Bust Results in One Arrest, One Wanted

Sumter County Deputies are still searching for Brian Johnson (left) and have arrested Chelsea Ware (right) after serving a narcotics search warrant at their Lake Panasoffkee home.

LAKE PANASOFFKEE – Members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. and Special Investigations Unit arrested a Lake Panasoffkee woman on multiple drug charges as a result of a narcotics search warrant Wednesday afternoon according to a press release.

The two teams stormed the home at 3169 CR 431N in Lake Panasoffkee to execute the search warrant and attempt to locate 41-year-old Brian Scott Johnson, a suspect in their drug investigation.

During the search of the home, officers were unable to locate Johnson but the search led to the arrest of 26-year-old Chelsea Ann Ware.


Ware was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of paraphernalia, and keeping a drug shop.

Ware was transported to the Sumter County Jail where she was held until she posted a $6,000 bond and was released Thursday morning.

Deputies are still currently searching for Johnson and ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward by contacting the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 793-2621 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).