The Bizarre World of Florida

Pot muffin caper not exactly half-baked August 25, 2014

Filed under: Drugs,WTF?,Controversy,Unusual,Interesting — floridaduh @ 1:01 pm


Port St. Lucie police know the muffin man,

The muffin man, the muffin man,

Port St. Lucie police know the muffin man,

Nia_Marie_HuddlestonWho actually is a marijuana muffin woman who lives not on Drury Lane but on Southeast Green Acres Circle in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie police on Aug. 8 arrested the accused marijuana muffin woman, 28-year-old Nia Huddleston, along with roommate Petair Meristil, 30, after finding a dozen marijuana muffins, a dozen uncooked pot muffins and some marijuana batter at their listed address in the 1600 block of Southeast Green Acres Circle, according to recently released affidavits.Who actually is a marijuana muffin woman who lives not on Drury Lane but on Southeast Green Acres Circle in Port St. Lucie.
The baked and unbaked marijuana muffins and the pot batter turned up in the kitchen.Police executed a search warrant at their home after getting a narcotics complaint. They turned up pot and pot smoking devices, and found a marijuana plant growing in a bedroom.

Petair_Meristil (1)“Nia confirmed that the muffins were cannabis muffins that she had just recently made and was going to cook,” an affidavit states.

Photos provided by police suggest they were full muffins, as opposed to muffin tops.

A marijuana muffin recipe was not included in the affidavits.

Muffins are not the only food that’s been mated with marijuana. Brownies with marijuana in the recipe have a storied history in pop culture, stretching at least to the 1950s with “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book,” and its “Haschich Fudge” recipe.The term “muffin” features prominently in the traditional nursery rhyme, “The Muffin Man,” upon which the top of this story is based, as well as the song, “Muffin Man,” from the 1975 album “Bongo Fury,” featuring Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.

Meanwhile, Meristil said he was growing the pot plant in his closet, saying he smokes spliff for a “condition” he has.

Huddleston and Meristil each were arrested on drug-related charges.


Boy, 7, drops the dime on mom for cooking … meth August 20, 2014

A 26-year-old mother from Volusia County has been arrested after police said her 7-year-old son turned her in for cooking and using methamphetamine.

According to Edgewater police, the boy told his uncle — as well as investigators — that “There’s really bad stuff in my mom’s car.”

Briana Buchanan and her son had been living with her boyfriend’s brother, Peter — who considers the 7-year-old his nephew — for some time at his Edgewater home.

For several days, the boy had told Peter that his mom was cooking “something bad.”

Then, on Friday, Peter said the boy built up enough courage to show him just how bad it was.

“He came up to me, and he said, ‘There’s really bad stuff in mom’s car that I want to show you,'” said Peter, who asked that his last name not be published.

The 7-year-old brought his uncle to his mother’s car and opened up the trunk, himself. Inside was drug paraphernalia, sitting right next to some of the boy’s toys.

Shocked, Peter closed the trunk, took the boy inside and called 911.

“Her son, who’s 7, just told me she keeps bad stuff in her car, and he opened up the trunk, and she has a meth lab in her trunk,” Peter told a 911 dispatcher.

The 911 operator told Peter to get away from the car, because of the volatility of materials used to cook meth.

When police arrived, they found dozens of items inside the trunk used to cook and use meth.

What’s worse, the boy also described to Peter just how his mom allegedly manufactured meth.

“He said when they would get all this stuff together, they would put it all in a soda bottle, and they would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out,” Peter said.

Police charged Buchanan with child neglect, possession of chemicals, meth and paraphernalia, and manufacturing and delivery of meth.

After Buchanan’s arrest, her son was taken in by his grandmother, away from a world Peter says no boy his age should have to see.

“I can already tell you, just looking at his face, he is relieved to be out of the situation,” Peter said.

The boy’s grandmother planned to enroll him in school this week.

Edgewater police said they were investigating to see if Briana Buchanan could be charged with trafficking meth, which has a harsher punishment.


‘Zombies’ suspected of drug use a problem in shopping plaza August 13, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Funny,Interesting,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:44 pm

Business owners in a busy corridor of Melbourne are complaining about “zombies.”

1407933459195Not the movie variety, but vagrants and panhandlers suspected of being under the influence and causing problems.

“We call them ‘walkers’,” said Melina Champion, who works nearby.

“They look like they are on drugs, like they’re zombies, just walking around asking people for money,” said Brittany Ganswith, who works with Champion.

The co-workers have heard and seen first hand what so-called “zombies” are doing in their business parking lot near Wickham and Sarno Roads. They say it’s scaring customers when they step outside.

“It makes us uncomfortable as well. Just to even go outside on our breaks and stuff,” added Champion.

The problem has been happening for about a month or so, dozens of calls about loiterers and aggressive panhandlers.

“The people that loiter, sitting on sidewalks, sitting on their benches, in their parking lots,” said Commander Vincent Price of the Melbourne Police Department. “Some have even called them zombies.”

One of the many complaints talks about four to six people loitering in the Twin Oaks Plaza, calling it an ongoing issue with “zombies,” acting lethargic and possibly on drugs.

“I open the door and they are smoking K-2 right at our backdoor,” said Sam Adams. He owns a smoke shop, but doesn’t sell K-2, a legal synthetic cannabis also known as “Spice.”

In the past month he’s called police at least 14 times for trespassing and had customers tell him they are being harassed and not coming back.

“It’s not a good feeling, but I’m trying to run a business here,” he said.

Some can be arrested for trespassing or loitering. If they are panhandling aggressively, a new ordinance passed in Melbourne last month allowed police to arrest them for that as well. But all of these charges are minor.

Monday night Melbourne Police arrested 31-year-old Dustin Jolly during a foot patrol. They said he was aggressively asking nearby Wal Mart customers for money. They found a needle filled with heroin and K-2. He was taken to jail.

Police continue patrols of the area, and encourage local business owners to keep calling if they see anything suspicious.


Drugs found in man’s ‘makeup’ box …. in his what????

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Florida Nut,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A 32-year-old man accused of burglary of a business is also facing drug charges after authorities say they found cocaine in a box he claimed to keep makeup in.

sfl-flduh-drugs-makeup-box-20140812-001An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a security check behind Bippy’s on July 7 when he heard someone jumping over the fence, according to the arrest report. The deputy saw Jose Victor Rivera, of Fort Walton Beach, and asked Rivera to come to the deputy, which Rivera did.

As Rivera walked up, the deputy noted that Rivera was taking off a pair of black gloves, the report said. Rivera said he was scrapping metal.

The deputy called for backup. After additional deputies arrived, Rivera took a small black box out of his pocket, according to the report. Rivera told deputies that he kept his makeup in the box, but deputies found a white powder inside that tested positive for cocaine.

Rivera’s shoe prints were both inside and outside the fence the report said. A metal step from a truck, a roll of hose and a gas can were located just inside the fence where Rivera had jumped over.

Rivera insisted he was scrapped and had just stopped at the business because they leave pipe by the fence, the report said.

Rivera is charged with burglary of an unarmed structure and possession of cocaine.


It’s raining coke! Hallelujah!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:39 pm

A man accused of throwing crack cocaine that hit a deputy said he had no clue how a “rainstorm” of the drug “fell from (the) sky and landed on his car,” according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-raining-coke-20140812-001The deputy, who was part of a team that arrested Breland in a crack case in 2012, had gotten complaints that Breland was peddling crack cocaine.What could be called the case of the crack cascading from the clouds kicked off about 7 p.m. July 31 as a deputy patrolling the Fisherman’s Cove area in Stuart spotted a tan Mercury. The vehicle looked to be one typically driven by 30-year-old Jarrod Breland.

The deputy tried to stop the Mercury after noticing it was speeding, eventually using a special pursuit driving tactic to force it into a yard. The Mercury driver still tried to move the vehicle forward, but couldn’t.

That’s when the driver’s door started to open.

“I observed the left hand of the driver, later identified as Jarrod Breland, come out of the opening in a ball with white specks in the palm,” an affidavit states. “The hand was so full it did not appear it could fully close.”

The hand opened, spreading a bunch of crack cocaine over the vehicle and in the yard, an affidavit states.

That happened at least two times before Breland was taken into custody.

One deputy reported being hit in the face and torso by the “white substance” that Breland threw out the window.

According to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, Breland had “no idea how (the) rainstorm of crack cocaine fell from (the) sky and landed on his car.”

Breland told invesitgators “he didn’t see the blue lights behind him, he didn’t hear the sirens, and he had no idea how the flurries of crack cocaine landed all over his car,” the posting states.

“He did, however, admit that his license was suspended due to his last drug charge,” the post states.

Breland, of the 4500 block of Southeast Geneva Drive in Stuart, was arrested on charges including flee and elude law enforcement, possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a park, tampering with evidence, driving with license suspended with knowledge, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.


Couple driving with pot, kids arrested for laser flashing officer August 12, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Drugs,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:37 pm

Deputies found pot, pills and three kids in a car after one of the occupants — a 39-year-old woman — allegedly shined a green laser light at an officer in an unmarked patrol vehicle in Volusia County.

sfl-flduh-pot-laser-flashing-20140811-001Tonya Harding (not the former figure skater) and husband Charles Brazell, 38, both of Jacksonville, were pulled over and arrested after the incident at 10:22 p.m. Thursday on State Road A1A near Northshore Drive in Ormond Beach.

Three children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were also in the two-door Acura, said Gary Davidson, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

They were turned over to a relative.

Before the laser flash, the Acura was in front of the lieutenant, who was driving the unmarked vehicle.

“When he ran the tag, it came back to a different vehicle — a 1994 Chevrolet station wagon,” Davidson said in an email. “The Acura then slowed down and pulled in behind the lieutenant’s vehicle.”

The lieutenant slowed, allowing the car to pass.

That’s when the Acura pulled alongside the unmarked vehicle and the front-seat passenger pointed a laser into the vehicle.

He pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of the Casa Del Mar Hotel on South Atlantic Avenue.

Deputies found a small bag with about 8 grams of marijuana in the car.

Harding also had a prescription-pill bottle with no label and nearly 60 pills.

When a deputy asked Harding if she had any paperwork for the medications, she said it was in the console or glove box.

The deputy looked but couldn’t find any paperwork.

Harding was charged with shining a laser light at a law enforcement officer and possession of an illegal substance. Brazell was charged with driving with a suspended license, failure to register a motor vehicle and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.

Brazell’s license has been suspended 12 times.


Cheech and Chong sighting? Car had pot plants hanging out of window August 7, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

It wasn’t exactly the work of a criminal mastermind.

sfl-flduh-pot-plants-window-20140806-001In the early morning hours of July 24, police in Clearwater pulled over a car that was driving without its headlights on near the scene of a burglary. But it was what was hanging out of the car’s window that really grabbed the officer’s attention: a marijuana plant casually sticking out, apparently getting some fresh air.

The back seat of the car was loaded with other potted plants… and not the kind of from the local home supplies store, CPD notes.

The car’s passenger reportedly told police they had stolen the potted pot from a house on South Lake Avenue, from an acquaintance who owed him a $100 drug debt.

The passenger, 20-year-old Justin Goodloe, and the driver, 19-year-old Allen Thomas Barnes, were both charged with manufacturing of marijuana. Further charges could be filed, pending a state attorney’s office investigation later this month.



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