Suspected drug dealer arrested after three-vehicle crash on Morse Boulevard

Russell Kornegay

A suspected drug dealer has been arrested after a three-vehicle accident on Morse Boulevard in The Villages.

Russell Kornegay, 44, of Wildwood, was driving a silver four-door Ford Focus at 12:18 p.m. Monday southbound on Morse Boulevard when he hit the back of a vehicle stopped at a traffic light on San Marino Drive.

The impact of the collision forced this vehicle into the rear of the vehicle in front, also stopped at the traffic light.

Russell Kornegay was arrested on Monday for drug trafficking after an accident on Morse Boulevard in The Villages
Russell Kornegay was arrested on Monday for drug trafficking after an accident on Morse Boulevard in The Villages.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Traffic Investigator arrived at the scene and suspected that Kornegay was under the influence of narcotics. Emergency deputies arrived on the scene, including a K-9 unit. The dog alerted the Ford Focus, indicating the probable presence of drugs. A search revealed 53 grams of amphetamine. Additionally, a loaded syringe was found in Kornegay’s pocket along with a burnt cigarette containing marijuana.

The Sandalwood Condominiums resident was transported to a local medical facility for evaluation. He “got excited” when he thought ER staff were going to take a sample of his blood with a syringe. He said he didn’t want to give a sample of his blood because he was “afraid” of syringes, according to an arrest report from the sheriff’s office.

He was arrested for trafficking amphetamines, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and driving under the influence. Kornegay was held in the Sumter County Detention Center on $13,000 bail.

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