Lieutenant Eduardo Trujillo-Vargas began his career at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as a Telecommunicator (dispatch) in August of 2013.  In June of 2014 he completed the 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Program and became a certified dispatcher. In July of 2014 he was transferred from the Communications Division to the Road Patrol Division and began his law enforcement career, where he attended Sarasota County Technical Institute and completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. In May of 2016, Deputy Trujillo, was transferred into the Investigative Division and became a General Crimes Detective. In January of 2017, Deputy Trujillo was then transferred back to the road, and assisted in training new Deputies as a Field Training Officer.  In September of 2017 Deputy Trujillo was transferred to the Narcotics Division, where he remained for several years. In December 2019, Deputy Trujillo was promoted to Corporal of the Road Patrol Division. In October of 2021, he was promoted to the Road Patrol Sergeant, in 2024 Lt. Trujillo was promoted to Uniform Patrol Lieutenant where he currently serves in this position.    

During his time, with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Trujillo completed over eight hundred hours of training, to include Field Training Officer Course, Tactical High Risk Search Warrant, Speed Measurement, Basic Supervisory Course, Criminal Law, CVSA Examiners Course, Crisis Intervention Training, Courtroom Testimony, Less Lethal Instructor Course, and is a Glock Armorer. 

Sergeant Trujillo was raised in DeSoto County, where he graduated and is currently attending a private University to obtain his degree.  


Lewis 3Lieutenant Merle “Buddy” Lewis has served with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office 16 years, starting his career in August of 2005. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant of Road Patrol in November of 2016. In September 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lt. Lewis has worked in different specialized positions during his Law Enforcement career. This includes Road Patrol as Deputy, Corporal and Sergeant, SWAT team and Sniper, Agricultural Detective, Narcotics Detective and Narcotics Sergeant. This has given him a broad variety of training and experience. Some of his training includes First-line Supervisor, Middle Management, Florida Sheriff’s Association First-line Supervisor, DEA Clandestine Methamphetamines Lab and FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute.

Lt. Lewis is a Florida native and attended school in DeSoto County. He has lived and raised his family in this community for over 30 years. He started his Law Enforcement training in 1995, when he enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Florida. He served 8 years with the Arcadia Police Department as a Patrol Officer and as Investigator. He has served this community as a Law Enforcement Officer for 25 years.

Contact Information:
Lieutenant Merle Lewis    
DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266