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Suspected bike thief found snoozing in Walmart April 22, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:58 pm

An Englewood man accused of stealing a bicycle was later found by Walmart employees taking a nap in a bean bag chair, according to deputies.

sfl-flduh-bike-thief-snoozing-20140421-00119-year-old Roy Hornjak has been arrested and charged with Burglary of a Dwelling, Burglary of a Structure, Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Violation of Probation.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, an Englewood resident reported on Sunday that a bicycle valued at over $300 was stolen from their garage and the suspect had also apparently entered their vehicle to light a marijuana cigarette, based on an odor in the car.

A family member later located the missing bicycle in the bike rack outside the McCall Road Walmart.

After viewing the video, Wal-Mart personnel located Hornjak asleep on bean bag chairs inside the store. He was asked to leave the store. Instead of leaving, Hornjak went to the Subway located inside Wal-Mart and fell asleep at a table.

When deputies were talking to him at Wal-Mart, Hornjak was found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.

 

Report: Oops, homeowner led authorities to his own grow house April 18, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:21 pm

An Orange County homeowner called the power company to report a problem, and ended up leading them straight to a major marijuana grow house, authorities said.

gh4Investigators said they carried out more than 100 pot plants from the home in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to the home, the odor of marijuana was so pungent, she could smell it from across the street.

Investigators were at the home all night Wednesday removing the plants from the top floor of the home.

They said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space.

gh2“They were actually remodeling the back room into another grow operation, which was going to be even larger,” said Robert white with the Corporal Narcotics Tip Squad.

Neighbors watched in awe as the plants were being carried out.

Norm Pozzie said he never noticed the pungent smell, but did see a lot of expensive cars and well-dressed people stopping by the house on a regular basis.

When the homeowner called the power company to report an electrical short, officials with Duke Energy noticed the lines had been tampered with.

The man was allegedly running some illegal power to the home to run his grow house, but it shorted out his power.

“We know who lives here, we know who paid for everything and we know who set it up,” White said.

Investigators said they will be putting out a warrant for the man’s arrest.

 

Now we have drug thieves attacking old people on their way out from seeing the pharmacists April 17, 2014

1397678899000-PH-pharmacy-attackOn February 28 in Tampa, a man walks out of a pharmacy and is jolted with a taser for his drugs.

On March 15 in Tampa, a pharmacist is attacked and beaten for his drugs.

On April 8 in Palm Harbor, a woman leaving a pharmacy is knocked to the ground for her drugs.

People were shocked when we showed them the surveillance video.

“Oh, my Gosh!” said one.

“In broad daylight. That’s pretty crazy,” said another.

“They knocked her down!” said two elderly ladies.

“Oh, my God,” said one man.

When people watch the video, it makes their jaws drop, but no one is really surprised. Across the nation, and here in Tampa Bay, pharmacies and their customers have become targets, and detectives say Oxycodone and narcotic addicts will do anything to get a fix.

In the Palm Harbor attack, the suspect can be seen pacing back and forth in front of Trust Pharmacy on Highway 19. A woman walks out and the suspect immediately knocks her to the ground and takes her bag of prescription drugs. Passersby try and subdue the suspect, but he escapes.

But the suspect’s face is clearly captured on camera and detectives want to know who he is, reminding people to watch their backs.

 

Mom On Crack Binge Gives Birth In Motel Bathtub, Chews Through Umbilical Cord April 16, 2014

A premature baby born Friday night in a motel bathtub after his mother said she went on a crack cocaine binge remains in critical condition on a ventilator at UF Heatlh Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother, DCF spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. The baby’s brother has been placed in foster care.

Chrystal-Hassell-125x188Their 37-year-old mother, Chrystal A. Hassell, is on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail, meaning she is under constant supervision. She faces a charge of child neglect. She will be evaluated by medical professionals and will get whatever assistance she needs, Gray said, and the agency will work with her.

On Saturday, hours after her arrest, Hassell said she has been using drugs since she was a teenager, including while pregnant. She said she has a 16-year-old daughter who was born addicted to drugs. She said she did not know she was pregnant with her third child until early March when she felt movement in her stomach. She went to Munroe Regional Medical Center for a checkup and was told she was approximately six to seven months pregnant.

Hassell said she decided not to smoke crack but the cravings were too great. The day before her baby was born, she went on a binge. She said she had the child in a bathtub at Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue and cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. She said the baby began turning blue so she called 911.

Vincent Terry, 43, the father of the baby and his brother, is at the Marion County Jail on a warrant out of El Pasco County, Colo., for domestic violence, attempted murder and a violation of probation on possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Terry said Tuesday during an interview at the jail that he did not know his girlfriend was abusing drugs for 24 hours before their baby was born. He said she told him she was tired and wanted to lie down.

“I knew she had a history of doing drugs, but not that she was doing drugs. She just found out she was pregnant,” he said.

Terry said he and Hassell attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of their two children. He said his family provided the names of immediate family members whom the children can stay with and that DCF officials plan to do background checks to see if they qualify to take care of them.

Though no case plan has been arranged, Vincent said they should be able to have visitation with the children but that will depend on the outcome of their cases as well what kinds of programs they have to complete.

Terry said they have settled on a name for the baby, which he would not reveal, and that someone from the hospital is supposed to call and get the name so they can sign the birth certificate.

As for the charges he faces, Terry said he was not aware of the attempted murder and domestic violence charges and he thought his probation had ended on the drug possession charge. He said he has signed extradition papers and will go to Colorado to face the charges.

Terry said he and his girlfriend have several problems facing them, such as finding a place to live, but that he is looking forward to a life with Hassell and believes they can overcome any obstacle.

“Of course we’re going to stay together. My kids are here. She’s not a bad person. She just got a problem and, together, we’ll fight it,” he said.

 

Coast Guard calls $300 million cocaine haul the biggest in Coast Guard history

Filed under: Amazing,Drugs,Interesting,OK Then .....,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:20 pm

chinews-110m-in-cocaine-to-be-off-l-20140415More than 7,000 pounds of cocaine that might have fetched $300 million or more on the streets of the U.S. instead were piled high on a Coast Guard dock in Miami Beach on Tuesday, the result of two separate drug seizures in the Caribbean Sea.

“It is one of the larger hauls the Coast Guard has brought in, in recent memory,” said Lt. J.G. Meaghan Gies at a press conference in Miami Beach. “The main goal of the Coast Guard is to stop this bulk contraband, this cocaine, from [contributing] to the crime and violence of South Florida.”

sfl-coast-guard-seizes-cocaine-pictures-20140415The 127 bales of drugs, brought to port by the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, were confiscated in recent weeks.

In the first drug seizure, a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Glace Bay on March 15 boarded a suspect fishing boat and found no drugs aboard. After boarding and searching the vessel, the boat caught fire, officials said.

The Coast Guard rescued six crew members without injury. They were identified as three Colombians, two Venezuelans and one Panamanian, the Coast Guard said.

While en route to Jamaica, where the crew was to be put ashore, the Glace Bay came across 97 bales of cocaine floating in the water, officials said.

It was unclear if those drugs came from the fishing vessel, and thus no charges were filed against those on board, officials said.

On March 19, the Coast Guard Cutter Legare tried to stop a go-fast boat in the Western Caribbean between Colombia and Honduras, Gies said. An armed helicopter aboard the 270-foot cutter was launched, and the crew fired warning shots from a 50-caliber machine gun to stop the vessel.

When the boat kept going, the helicopter crew fired another volley, disabling the vessel’s engine. Those aboard began to jettison the 30 bales of drugs aboard, officials said.

The drugs were recovered and the five Colombians found aboard were turned over to Colombian authorities for prosecution, the Coast Guard said.

Despite the two recent drug seizures, interdictions of drug smugglers’ shipments in the Caribbean are down so far this fiscal year compared with previous years, evidence of what officials say are fewer available resources due to budget cuts.

The budget cuts known as sequestration have reduced by nearly a third the Coast Guard’s air and surface operations meant to intercept drugs, Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Diaz said Tuesday from Washington.

Despite good intelligence on drug smugglers’ activities, only about 25 percent of known cocaine shipments heading north from South America now are getting stopped, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune last month.

Normally, the Coast Guard interdicts about half the northbound drugs, he said.

“We want to take out the big loads of cocaine,” Papp said in the interview. “You need those big offshore ships to go down there, but they’re very expensive to run.”

Both interdictions in March were part of Operation Martillo, an international operation conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and law enforcement agencies of other nations.

Coast Guard drug seizures

First six months of Fiscal Year 2014, which began Oct. 1: 14,756 drug kilos seized, worth $492 million wholesale.

Fiscal Year 2013: 53,200 kilos seized, worth an estimated $1.8 billion wholesale.

Fiscal Year 2012: 75,700 kilos seized, with an estimated $2.5 billion wholesale.

— Coast Guard figures

 

Woman with heroin, needles arrested after leaving $50 at gas station

Accidently leaving a $50 bill on a gas-station counter was the least of one woman’s concerns Tuesday morning.

sfl-flduh-drug-gas-station-20140415-001Christina Hines, 30, had heroin and hypodermic needles in her Honda and was driving on a suspended license. And ever since she left the gas station, a patrol car had been on her tail.

That’s because the deputy simply wanted to do a good deed by returning the cash. Hines was arrested after leading officers on a pursuit and speeding over a tire-flattening device near U.S. Highway 17-92 and State Road 436, a report said.

She is being held in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford on charges of resisting an officer, heroin possession, driving while license suspended and possession of drug-use equipment.

The incident started around 3 a.m. at a gas station on S.R. 436 in Casselberry, a report said.

A deputy saw a clerk run out after Hines after she left the bill. But she drove off without the cash.

The deputy went after Hines, caught up with her, ran her tags and turned on his patrol lights, prompting her to drive away and sparking the pursuit.

 

‘Blood moon’ teens toked on pot bong on school rooftop pocket-dialed 911

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:00 pm

Tsfl-flduh-blood-moom-20140415-001hey could see a red glow over the Ocala school.

But it wasn’t the ‘blood moon” that crossed the Earth’s shadow early today.

It was the flame from a lighter three teens were using to fire up a bong during a total-lunar eclipse party.

Was the bust the result of some epic celestial bummer? You decide.

Deputies were tipped off when one of the kids pocket-dialed 911.

The teens, ages 15 to 16, were arrested after they were found on the roof of Horizon Academy at 365 Marion Oaks Drive just after 1 a.m.

“Apparently, the teenagers were on the rooftop to watch the lunar blood moon eclipse,” Judge Cochran, a spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.

A report said deputies “could see three people smoking what appeared to be some sort of bong and passing the object between each other. Plus, deputies could see a glow from a lighter.”

Deputies found a homemade marijuana smoking pipe and marijuana inside a plastic container.

All three teens are facing these misdemeanor charges: trespassing on school grounds, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession not more than 20 grams.

Patrol units responded to a 911 hang-up from the school campus just after 1 a.m.

“One of the juvenile defendants may have pocket-dialed a cell phone and called 911,” Cochran added.

 

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

 

 
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