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Report: Marion County deputies thwart rocket launcher attack on Eustis police

MARION COUNTY -- An apparent planned attack on the Eustis Police Department was thwarted Monday after Marion County investigators found 22 firearms, several containers of black powder, bulletproof vests and drugs inside a shed.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit received information concerning illegal firearms and explosives stored at a home in Marion County, a news release states.

Investigators said they received information that a rocket propelled grenade launcher and missiles were being stored in a safe that was located inside a shed on the property.

"The occupants of the shed intended to use the rocket launcher on the Eustis Police Department on May 18," the release states.

Deputies confirmed Monday morning that two people were arrested, but their identities weren't immediately known.

According to investigators, the Eustis Police Department was targeted because of recent run-ins with their officers.

Inside the shed, deputies found 22 firearms, several containers of black powder, more than a pound of marijuana, powder and crack cocaine, prescription pills, scales, two bullet-proof vests and other drug paraphernalia.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is expected to hold a 2:30 p.m. news conference.

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