A child abuse investigation led to a pair of drug arrests Friday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded shortly after 3 p.m. at 15055 Citrus Way and saw a vehicle head toward the house. The car didn't stop and continued down the road, at which time deputies made a traffic stop, authorities said.
The suspects – Anthony Leroy Brim, 34, and Amber Michelle Rivenbark, 26 – got out of the vehicle and ran away, but they were apprehended behind a nearby home, according to an arrest affidavit.
Deputies said they checked two book bags belonging to both Brim and Rivenbark and discovered crystal methamphetamine in Brim's bag and methadone pills without a prescription in Rivenbark's bag.
Hypodermic also were discovered in the bags, according to the affidavit.
Deputies said the sheriff's office responded that afternoon to the Citrus Way home while investigating a possible child abuse offense.
Denise Moloney, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, said the child abuse case remains active and would not disclose any details.