On March 7th, 2022, the Pinellas Park Police Department investigated an overdose death at the Home Depot located at 4040 Park Boulevard.
During the investigation, detectives identified the suspect who sold a fatal dose of fentanyl to the deceased male, 32 year-old Brian Wilson of Northport.
Over the course of several months, detectives established a connection with the suspected drug dealer. Detectives purchased various amounts of fentanyl from the suspect, 27 year-old Steven Eberhart of Pinellas Park.
In cooperation with the 6th Judicial Circuit States Attorney Office, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence of Steven Eberhart.
With the assistance of the Pinellas Park Police Department SWAT team, Steven Eberhart was taken into custody near his residence on July 6th. Following his arrest, detectives executed the search warrant and seized a large quantity of fentanyl, cocaine, and two firearms from the apartment. One of the firearms located had been reported stolen out of the Largo Police Department in 2018.
All of the seized items were found within Steven Eberhart’s apartment, where several children reside.
Steven Eberhart was arrested and charged with 1st degree murder. In addition to the murder charge, Steven Eberhart has been charged with one count of armed trafficking in fentanyl, three counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to sell, three counts of sales of fentanyl, one count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, two counts of possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, one count of sale of crack cocaine, and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. Steven Eberhart is currently at the Pinellas County Jail, held with no bond.
With the continuous rise of overdose deaths across Pinellas County, detectives are working to remove this toxic and addictive drug from the streets. During the search warrant detectives recovered 59 grams of Fentanyl. The seizure of 59 grams of fentanyl has potentially saved the lives of several thousand citizens from a fatal fentanyl overdose.