The Bizarre World of Florida

Here’s a recipe for disaster: Posing as a cop to get stuff to cook meth April 11, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,Interesting,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

sfl-flduh-posed-cop-methmaking-20140410-001A man who impersonated a law enforcement officer to buy products to manufacturer methamphetamine is arrested on multiple charges.

According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were investigating John Travis Clark of Chat Holley Road.

As a result of the investigation, a search uncovered 1,500 grams of suspected meth oil and paraphernalia used to manufacturer methamphetamine. The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after he had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to purchase pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in making meth.

Clark was charged with multiple charges and booked into the Walton County Jail.


Here is the press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducted an investigation targeting John Travis Clark, of 3222 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, who was suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.  As a result of the investigation, agents searched Clark’s residence and located approximately 1500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after Clark had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to facilitate the purchase of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor chemical used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

John Travis Clark was charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine and impersonating a Law


Man denied littering, said ‘it was weed’ April 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-littering-weed-20140409-001A man found himself “in the presence of law enforcement” and dropped a bag of marijuana and cocaine, according to information in an arrest report.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy stopped 32-year-old Richard Lynn Roebuck of Fort Walton Beach for littering when he saw him drop a plastic bag beside the road. Roebuck initially denied dropping the plastic bag, then said, “It was weed.”

Roebuck was detained. Deputies found a plastic bag containing marijuana, and 2 feet away they found a cigarette wrapper containing white powder. They also found a plastic bag filled with white powder.

When deputies searched Roebuck he found another plastic bag containing white powder.

The white powder tested positive for cocaine.

Roebuck was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.


Drug dealing doesn’t get much dopier than taking selfles of yourself with the stash April 9, 2014

Nicholas Waine, 27, was part of a criminal trio busted by police operating in Sale, Trafford.


When police raided one of their homes, Waine and his partners Jack Yarwood, 28, and Wayne Keron, 49, were found sitting around a large tub filled with cocaine.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We quite literally caught the three men red-handed, and their fingerprints were all over the drugs and cutting paraphernalia.”


JAILED: Jack Yarwood, left, and Wayne Keron were also caught by police [MERCURY]

“We quite literally caught the three men red-handed”

Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich

A mobile phone was seized, and on it police found multiple pictures Waine had taken of himself.

In some of them he is grinning, surrounded by cannabis plants and handfuls of product.

All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.

Waine and Yarwood were sentenced to four years and eight months behind bars; Keron was sentenced to two years.

DS Goodrich added: “Now that these men are off the streets, we have not only made a huge dent into the supply of drugs in this area but also sent a powerful message that no one is above the law.”


Cops: Hialeah city official caught with meth pipe ….. in his butt

A high-ranking Hialeah official inserted a glass pipe in his rectum shortly before he was arrested on drug charges in December in Fort Lauderdale, according to police records.

sfl-flduh-meth-pipe-butt-20140408-001Carlos López, 45, who at the time was the city’s purchasing director, was arrested on Dec. 29 for using methamphetamine while driving through downtown Fort Lauderdale.

“López appeared visually shaken and sweating. López’s face was flushed from an apparent rise in body temperature and pupils were dilated,” said the arrest report, signed by an office identified as R. Goderstad. “As López searched for his license I observed involuntary muscle spasms in López’s face as well as slurred repetitive speech. These symptoms are consistent with being under the influence of methamphetamine.”

López declined to comment on the case Monday. The arrest report says he was taken to a hospital to have the pipe removed.

The arrest in Fort Lauderdale is not López’s first incident since he began working for the city of Hialeah in April 1997. In October 2005 he was suspended for nearly a month, also for drug use. At that time he agreed to enter a drug program, according to his record at the city’s Department of Human Resources.

In November 1997, according to that same record, López was suspended for 30 days, but no reason was given. A year later he was suspended for two days.

Mayor Carlos Hernández did not respond to a request for an interview with el Nuevo Herald to explain whether he knew López’s record before promoting him in September 2011 to director of the Purchasing Department.

Arnie Alonso, Hernández’s chief of staff, said Monday that the city of Hialeah had taken “appropriate management measures” in López’s case and that they were awaiting court procedures in the Fort Lauderdale case.

The Fort Lauderdale arrest report says Officer Goderstad saw López’s 2008 Hyundai driving slowly on Northwest Fourth Avenue when several men approached the vehicle. The men ran away when they saw the patrol car. López then accelerated to 50 mph in a residential zone where the speed limit is 25. Goderstad stopped him.

Goderstad’s report said he suspected López was under the influence of drugs and called a canine unit. A unit officer found a small metal container with methamphetamine.

During the inspection, Goderstad noticed that López had his pants unbuttoned and asked him if he was hiding something, the report said. López initially denied it.

The canine officer “began speaking with López at which time López admitted to have a methamphetamine glass pipe inside his anal cavity,” the police report said. “López then stated he placed it in his rectum as he was being pulled over so I wouldn’t find it if I searched his vehicle.”

A couple of weeks after the arrest, López was transferred from purchasing director to a leadership post in Public Works.

In the middle of February, when an el Nuevo Herald reporter asked Hernández the reasons for the transfer, the mayor said it was part of a restructuring.

However, documents signed in early February reveal that López signed a “Last Chance” agreement because of the arrest in Fort Lauderdale.



Making an long illegal drug run? Then consider minding the code of the road April 8, 2014

 A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged April 1 after a traffic stop in Marion County resulted in deputies finding thousands of pills.

Around 11:35 a.m., deputies spotted Janzel Luis Vega-Cartas driving a black Acura northbound on Interstate 75, near mile-marker 362. Vega-Cartas was not wearing a seat belt, was driving too close to other vehicles, illegally switching lanes and speeded, according to a report.

Once stopped, deputies learned that Vega-Cartas had a suspended driver’s license.

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and another deputy were given permission to search the vehicle, finding 87 hydrocodone pills with a raw weight of 37.1 grams, as well as 2,534 alprazolam pills, according to deputies.

Vega-Cartas admitted to transporting the pills and planned to take the pills from Miami to Kentucky, deputies said.

Vega-Cartas was arrested and charged with trafficking in a schedule II narcotic, possession of schedule IV narcotic with intent to distribute and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

His bond was set at $510,500 on the charges.


Vampires, nudists, snakes: Nobody does wacky like Florida April 7, 2014


By: Scott Maxwell

Last week, news broke that a congressional candidate in Gainesville had a secret pastime: impersonating vampires. And superheroes.

Some people would call this nutty.

In Florida, we just call it Tuesday.

Seriously, that’s not even our highest-profile vampire story. Remember the “vampire killings” from Lake County?

Some of our stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But so many are also mind-numbingly strange.

In Florida, we do weird the way Kansas does wheat.

Here, giant pet snakes escape. And breed. And then invade our national parks.

We have fish that eat people, alligators that eat people and people who eat people.

Two years ago, when news of the “cannibal attack” broke, the nation let out a collective gasp … until learning it was Miami. Then it all made sense.

We have killer amoebas, hanging chads and diaper-wearing astronauts. (All of which would make awesome rock-band names, by the way.)

We have a town named Christmas … where it never snows. We have the world’s smallest post office and a couple trying to build America’s largest house.

I used to think Florida attracted wacky people. Now I think it creates them.

Take my grandfather, for example.

Early in his life, he was a NASA engineer in Virginia — and as strait-laced and buttoned-down as they came. His passions were photography and crossword puzzles.

Then he moved to Florida. After Grandma died, we worried that our sober and contemplative grandfather would become listless and uninspired.

He became neither of those things. Instead, he became a nudist. (Lending more credence to the notion that it’s never the people you want to see naked at a nudist resort.)

At first, we were all: What the heck, Granddad?

But you know what? He found new life and inspiration. He’d travel down Interstate4 from Ormond Beach to Cypress Cove, where he’d pay strict adherence to the two main rules: Never take pictures, and always place a towel on the bar stool before you sit down.

Florida liberated him. And he spent the remaining, widowed years of his life happy. So you go, Granddad.

By the way, nudity is another one of our weird themes.

•”Nude man found dead on killer whale’s back”

•”Florida Lotto winner seeks to open a nude dude ranch”

•”Blind woman sues nudist colony over heavy dog”

Florida newspapers carry such headlines the way other papers carry horoscopes.

Some of that is understandable. It’s hot down here.

And I don’t mean happy, sand-at-your-toes, wind-in-your-hair hot. I mean sweaty-thighs-stuck-to-your-car-seats, armpit-stains-like-dinner-plates hot. It’s enough to make anyone nutty. And naked.

But it cuts both ways. When it’s hot, it makes us crazy. When it’s pleasant, we attract other states’ crazies. I mean, if it’s January and you’re already planning to run a scam, con or heist, would you rather do it in Buffalo or Boynton Beach?

This state is also lousy with newspapers and TV stations, meaning we have more ink-stained wretches and blow-dried broadcasters than your average state to tell all the weird stories.

Finally, there’s our melting-pot effect.

You simply can’t throw so many different cultures together and not expect some fireworks.

But you know what? That is also part of what makes this state so splendidly unique.

We have character and texture — a bouillabaisse of native and newcomer, sinner and saint, scholar and simpleton.

It’s a fusion that produces a weeklong bacchanalia in Key West and pioneering medical research at the Burnham Institute.

It’s the reason Orlando can turn out just as many people for a Veterans Day parade as it does for Come Out With Pride.

And it explains how a mild-mannered rocket engineer can feel inspired to start a new life by ditching his pocket protector — along with everything else he’s wearing.

And, yes, it’s also how we end up with some of the wackiest politicians in America — including a vampire-impersonating, superhero-mimicking, punk-rock lawyer running for Congress.

Just what we need … another lawyer in Congress.


Officer’s coffee break leads to bust … Man arrested in shooting of police officer’s car March 27, 2014

sfl-flduh-shooting-cops-patrol-car-20140326-001A 20-year-old Apopka man was arrested Tuesday after police said he admitted shooting up an Apopka police car at a 7-Eleven.

An anonymous tip led officers to Tyler Endsley, who told investigators he was high on Xanax and marijuana when he shot the patrol car with a 10-gauge shotgun about 4 a.m. Sunday, department spokesman Officer Ed Chittenden said.
Police arrested Endsley on charges of attempted armed robbery, use of a firearm during a felony, displaying a firearm in public and criminal mischief. They say he planned to rob the store at 1117 E. Semoran Blvd.

Security video shows someone wearing a hoodie and carrying a shotgun pacing in front of the convenience store and looking inside shortly before an Apopka police officer arrived to get coffee.

The officer heard a shot and, went back outside and found that his cruiser had been struck with shotgun pellets.

At Endsley’s home, officers found the shotgun and clothes they say he was wearing that night, Chittenden said.

Endsley pleaded no contest last year to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in two separate cases.


Student, 15, Arrested For Squirting Hand Sanitizer In Teacher’s Diet Coke March 21, 2014

nicholaslucariA Florida student, 15, was arrested this week for putting hand sanitizer in a teacher’s Diet Coke can, police report.

Nicholas Lucari is facing a felony charge for allegedly squirting “Germ-X” into Dale Dawson Yount’s drink. The South Walton High School teacher, 69, subsequently “became physically ill” and she sought treatment at a local hospital, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office report.

daleyountInvestigators allege that Lucari, pictured above, “did willfully, intentionally, and with the intent to injure” add the hand sanitizer to Yount’s beverage. As a result, the teen was busted on a poisoning rap.

Lucari, cops noted, has been “suspended from school pending an expulsion hearing.” The student has been described as a “prankster” who did not intend to harm Yount, who is seen at left.

Like many hand sanitizers, the active ingredient in “Germ-X” is ethyl alcohol.


Power outage caused by marijuana grow house March 18, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:12 pm

sfl-flduh-grow-house-outage-20140317-001A marijuana grow house that was illegally using extra electricity caused a small blackout in a Deltona neighborhood Sunday, deputies say.

Volusia County Sheriff’s officials say power company technicians arrived at at 3321 Red Fox Drive to repair a blown transformer fuse. The replacement fuse blew moments after installation, which led to a small fire in a home’s meter box and the discovery of extra wires that were illegally siphoning more electricity than a typical house needs.

According to Volusia deputies, Ramon Munoz-Rodriguez, 43, had 51 five-foot tall plants and an additional 17 one-foot tall plants in the house that he tried to dispose of by throwing them over the backyard fence.

Munoz-Rodriguez was charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and manufacture of marijuana according to deputies.


Teenage girl hosted a wild alcohol-fueled party that saw 5 teens taken to the hospital while dad slept! March 17, 2014

article-2582126-1C5876E900000578-586_306x423Five teenagers were rushed to hospital from an alcohol fueled party thrown by a teenage girl – while her father claimed he slept through it all.

Two of the teens are said to be in a critical condition with reports they had mixed alcohol with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Neighbors saw the teens being wheeled away on gurneys into waiting ambulances while dozens of others teens fled when police arrived.

Steve Miller, whose teen daughter hosted the party and was among those rushed to hospital, told local TV he was asleep while as many as 100 people crammed into his home.

Miller, a father of six, claimed he had no idea there would be alcohol at the party – but did not say if he had checked.

He insisted he slept through all the noise as 100 teens flocked to his home in Winter Garden, Florida.

‘If my daughter told me they were going to have alcohol I wouldn’t have permitted it,’Miller said.

‘I didn’t see any drugs.’

Police said the teenagers taken to hospital had passed out from drink but fear they may have also taken drugs.

‘We found five teenagers who appeared to have overdosed on alcohol and we are not sure of what type of drug right now,’said Lt. Paul Hopkins from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they spotted numerous underage kids partying at the home.

They said one was unconscious and five were sickened, apparently from drinking too much alcohol.

The victims were boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 17.

Neighbors were stunned by the scenes in their road on Friday night and said they were kept awake by the noise.

‘I’ve been living here 30 years, and I’ve never really seen anything going on over there. It just surprises me. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ Hopefully, the kids  are going to be OK,’ a neighbor said.

Deputies said the conditions of the teens had improved over the weekend and they said the parents apparently didn’t know someone had brought alcohol  into the home.

Doreen Blume said Miller’s daughter was one of the hospitalized teens.

Blume said Miller did the right thing.

‘He confiscated all kinds of alcohol, big bottles,’ Blume said.

Other neighbors said deputies have been to the home before.

The Department of Children and Families has launched an investigation because of concerns about alcohol and supervision.



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