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March 24, 2010

Prescription Drug Fraud Charges Filed Against Hernando Corrections Officer

Chris Abare is under arrest for collecting prescriptions for more than 2,000 oxycodone pills from nine doctors in a period of just over six months. The Hudson man was arrested on prescription fraud charges for not informing the doctors he had received prescriptions for oxycodone from other physicians as well.

Abare is an employee of Corrections Corporation of America, a private company with workers serving at the Hernando County Jail. According to TBO.com Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies have sworn statements from five doctors that they were unaware Abare had contacted other doctors and received oxycodone prescriptions. The story reports Abare stockpiled nearly 2,200 oxycodone tablets in a seven-month period.…

March 23, 2010

Buju Banton’s Lawyer Claims Inhumane Treatment As The Reggae Star Awaits His Drug Trial

It has been a few months since any news came out surrounding the federal drug case against Grammy-nominated Reggae star Buju Banton. There is nothing to new report on Banton’s cocaine distribution charges but his lawyer is claiming that Banton is being mistreated in the Pinellas County Jail.

According to the reggae musician’s Florida Criminal Defense Attorney, Banton is being treated inhumanely for nothing more than sharing his food with another prisoner. Pinellas sheriffs deny that assertion saying Banton is in “closed custody” because he violated prison rules and used food as currency. Banton’s defense lawyer is asking a judge to release his client on bail or move his cell to a wing that is not maximum-security.…

March 22, 2010

Homosassa Meth Lab Busted Up By Local And Federal Law Enforcement

Federal and local officials who raided a Citrus County found a meth lab and three children under the age of 10 living in what they described as deplorable conditions. Two men and one woman were all arrested on drug charges in connection with the meth lab. James Bole and Crystal Dennis of Homosassa are both facing federal drug charges according to TBO.com.

Federal agents and Citrus County Sheriff’s officers found residue of methamphetamines on almost every surface in the home but that wasn’t all they found. According to reports three children were living in the home that had trenches of human waste, an open septic well, dangerous wiring and holes in the floor.…

March 22, 2010

St Pete Police Arrest Three Brothers And Their Mother During A Drug Raid

St Pete police arrested seven people including four members of one family during a drug raid this weekend. According to TampaBay.com, three Casteel brothers were arrested on charges ranging from possession of crack cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, operating a drug house and being a felon in possession of a gun. The mother of the three Casteel brothers was also arrested for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor charge.

The drug raid and subsequent arrests drew a large crowd in Wildwood Heights, which led to a brawl in the street that resulted in three arrests including Casteel’s mother. Using asearch warrant, detectives found marijuana, cocaine, crack and firearms at 2414 Melrose Ave.…

March 19, 2010

81-Year-Old Marion County Man Busted For Selling Marijuana

The Ocala Star Banner is reporting that an 81-year-old Marion County man has been arrested for marijuana possession with intent to sell and possession of a firearm that doesn’t have a serial number. The man was booked into Marion County jail and released.

According to the story Carlton Griggs admitted to selling pot for the last two years. He sold it out of his home just south of Ocala in Ocklawaha. The marijuana was reportedly found in his cellar in a cooler. There was no comment from the man or his wife, both of whom the newspaper tried to question.…

March 18, 2010

No Cocaine And Meth In My House! Pasco Mom Turns In Her Sun For Stashing Drugs In Her Home

A Dade City 25-year-old who stashed large amounts of meth and cocaine in his mother’s house was arrested after she called deputies upon finding the drugs. Pasco County sheriff’s arrested Camron Buck for drug trafficking and marijuana possession after he showed up to the house where the drugs were stashed with two pounds of marijuana.

According to reports cited in a story on TampaBay.com, Buck allegedly told his mom he was going to get killed over her calling the cops during his questioning by sheriff’s deputies. There was reportedly $15,000 worth of methamphetamine and over $4,000 worth of coke in the house.…

March 18, 2010

Punta Gorda Mom Facing Drug Charges For Meth And Xanax Found In Her House

Police officers in Punta Gorda were called out to check on the health of the mother of a three-month-old infant and during the wellness check they found meth, Xanax and drug paraphernalia. According to the HeraldTribune.com, Mandy Cheri McLean was charged with drug possession for having methamphetamine and Xanax without a prescription. She was taken to jail and was being held on $6,000 bail.

Police officers report that McLean did not respond when they knocked on her door and entered the home to check on the woman. According to police reports she was found passed out. There was allegedly a bag containing meth and a glass pipe.…

March 17, 2010

Mother High On Illegal Painkillers Allegedly Leaves Her Baby On The Side Of A Busy Road

Clearwater police are claiming that a woman on probation for credit card fraud and failure to appear in court was so high on illegal painkillers that she left her two-year-old on the side of a busy road on a night when temperatures outside were as low as 54 degrees. Jamie Michelle Campbell has been charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance, violation of probation and tampering with evidence. She was booked into Pinellas County Jail.

According to TampaBay.com after Campbell was taken to her probation officer for the child neglect charges she tried to dispose of illegal painkillers in the back of the police cruiser and also in her probation officer’s toilet while being tested for drugs use.…

March 17, 2010

Suspected Sarasota Crack Dealers Arrested In Drug Sting In Charlotte County

According to police reports and a story form the Sarasota Herald Tribune, two Sarasota men have been arrested for on drug charges for arranging to sell crack to undercover police officers. Police reports indicate that a confidential informant was involved in the sting operation that resulted in the arrest of Edward N. Johnson and Gregory Gillespie for tampering with evidence, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and false imprisonment.

The two men are accused of arranging to sell crack to Charlotte County sheriff’s detectives and then keeping the police’s confidential informant against his will in the back of their Cadillac once the drug deal went bad.…

March 17, 2010

Tampa Man Faces Aggravated Battery And Drug Charges After Ramming A U.S. Marshal’s Car

Tampa police arrested three men last night after one of them rammed his Dodge Charger into a U.S. Marshal’s car. Tyrone Sheffield fled from police on Sligh Avenue running red lights and speeding. He abandoned his car inside which police found marijuana and crack cocaine they say was packaged for sale.

Later that evening Tampa police were investigating a suspicious vehicle on Hillsborough Avenue. At that point they investigated and identified one of the passengers as Sheffield. He was arrested and charged with possession of coke, possession of marijuana, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and drug paraphernalia charges.…

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