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Deputies make arrest after Largo restaurant serves up more than pizza

Narcotics Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49 year-old Blerim Ljena after serving a search warrant at Brickhouse Pizza, located at 1135 N Missouri Avenue in Largo.

On April 14, 2022, detectives initiated an investigation into Ljena, the owner of Brickhouse Pizza, after receiving a tip that a large amount of narcotics were being sold out of the business.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives established enough probable cause for a search warrant of the business.

Detectives located the following items inside:

–Two (2) doses (1.4 grams) of Hydrocodone
–Twenty-five (25) doses of Alprazolam
–Twenty and a half (20.5) doses (2.1 grams) of Morphine
–Twelve (12) doses of Lorazepam
–Twenty-seven (27) doses (2.3 grams) of Dilaudid
–Fifty-two (52) doses (6.1 grams) of Oxycodone
–Fourteen (14) doses (1 gram) of Hydromorphone
–Three hundred and sixty-four (364) grams of Methamphetamine (12.5 ounces)
–Seven (7) grams of Powder Cocaine
–Four thousand and fifty-three (4,053) grams of 1,4 Butanediol (GHB)
–Thirty-seven grams of Marijuana

Photo of living area courtesy of PCSO

Photo of living area courtesy of PCSO

During the search, detectives also located clothing items throughout the business and a pull-out couch that appeared to be used for sleeping. Ljena was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

The investigation continues.

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