The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman pulls cocaine out of bra because deputy was ‘going to find it anyway’ October 17, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Drugs,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:14 pm

A 29-year-old woman is facing drug charges after allegedly pulling a small amount of cocaine in a cellophane wrapper out of her bra, saying the deputy was “going to find it anyway.”

nicole-kathleen-franklinNicole Kathleen Franklin was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for speeding on Oct. 7, according to the arrest report. When Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies checked her record, they found that she was on probation for 2013 drug charges.

Deputies asked for permission to search her purse, and she agreed, the report said. They found rolling papers in her purse, which she admitted she used to smoke marijuana occasionally.

The driver granted deputies permission to search the vehicle, according to the report. They found a gram of marijuana and two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in a cigarette package and glass smoking device hidden in a tampon box.

Franklin admitted that the weed and pipe were hers and said she’d forgotten they were in the console, the report said. Before she was arrested, she reached into her bra and handed deputies the cocaine.

She is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of not more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Does your drug suspect have any distinguishing features? Uh … yeah, this tattoo October 13, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:10 pm

Exactly one month ago, a St. Petersburg police officer came upon Victor Thompson downtown. He had just bought “spice” — synthetic marijuana — in Williams Park.

01WEB_HelmetTattoo101114_14017641_8colNot especially remarkable.

His head, though, now that was something different.

Thompson, 46, sitting in the Pinellas County Jail, has NFL star Tom Brady’s helmet tattooed on his skull … or something like that. Just see his mug shot.

In their report, St. Petersburg police were as clear as possible. Under the box for “scars, marks, tattoos or other distinguishing features,” an officer wrote: “Tattoo/Tattoo Head — Patriots Football Helmet.” Thompson, according to the report, was new to the area from New England.

He faces charges of possession of a hallucinogenic substance and trespassing. His mug shot, like many a Florida man before him, is on its way to Internet fame. Friday morning, it was shared on the viral website thesmokinggun.com.

Times reporters could not confirm when or where he got his tattoo, but it likely hurt. Wicked badly.


SWAK: Teen mom mailed drugs behind stamps in jail love letters October 2, 2014

Filed under: Drugs,Bizzarre,Bad Luck,WTF?,Controversy,Unusual,Dumb,Funny — floridaduh @ 12:54 pm

The love letters from 18-year-old Sarah Laurito to her inmate boyfriend in Ocala may have been sealed with a kiss.

sfl-flduh-drugs-stamps-jail-letters-20141001-001But the stamps didn’t stick properly.

The reason: thin strips of drugs were hidden behind the stamps on envelopes to her boyfriend, 25-year-old inmate Jeremy Weber, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Laurito was charged with introducing contraband to the jail.

In one letter, officials say, she talked about their newborn and included a love poem to Weber.

Suboxone, the drug found behind the stamps, is produced as a film similar to breath-mint strips.

The drug is used to reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate drugs.

The letter that tipped off authorities had two orange-colored films under the stamp, each one a 4 milligram dose.

Detective Meyer Carter said Weber dropped subtle hints during “phone calls to Laurito on how to get the drugs to him by using her love letters to him,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a report.

During the recorded calls, Weber told her several times to “go to the subway behind the food stamp office. Each time he said it, he would emphasize the words, ‘sub,’ ‘behind,’ and ‘stamp,'” her arrest report said.

“Sarah does not seem to understand what inmate Weber is saying and finally asks if it is something he wanted her to do,” the report added. “Inmate Weber replies ‘yes’ and that he really wanted a ‘sub’ behind the food stamp office ‘when you write me a letter.'”

At that point, Laurito said she understood and told Weber that ‘it took me a little while, but I got you,'” the report said. “Sarah confirms that she will do it and tells him that he will have to make the letter last until she gets more ‘stamps.'”

On a Sept. 26 jail visit, officials questioned her about the letters.

“She told the officer that she and Weber both had prescriptions for Suboxone and admitted to sending the drug to Weber three or four times,” the report said.

Laurito turned herself into the Marion County Jail on Sept. 29 and has since posted a $2,000 bond and has been released.

“Weber is still in jail and will also be facing a charge of introduction of contraband to the jail,” the report added.

He was previously booked into the jail on July 11 on a charge of violation of probation for possession of a controlled substance.


Woman reported car theft, got jailed on drug charges September 24, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:19 pm

A 22-year-old Holt woman was accused of having marijuana after calling police to report that the vehicle she’d been driving had been stolen.

sfl-flduh-car-theft-drug-charges-20140923-001Savannah Lee Matthews called Crestview Police officers on Sept. 1 to report the vehicle she was driving had been stolen while she was at Walmart, according to the arrest report. While officers were investigating, evidence of her “involvement in a retail theft at Walmart” was found and she was detained.

She granted police permission to look through her purse, the report said. Officers found a small pipe-like object with burnt marijuana residue on the end and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette in her purse.

Matthews told officers the marijuana belonged to her cousin, according to the report. She said she had smoked marijuana the previous day, but did not know the items were in her purse.

She is charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


This guy got himself arrested with pot on his face after false 911 call September 12, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

Volusia County deputies tried to pull over a driver for more than 2 miles when dispatchers got a surprising phone call from that driver.

sfl-flduh-driver-pot-face-20140911-001Deputies have charged 26-year-old Benjamin Nutter with making a false call to 911, possession of marijuana, and fleeing and eluding early Tuesday morning.

“My hands are on the wheel, sir, I have not done anything wrong,” Nutter said to a 911 dispatcher as he was being stopped by deputies.

Deputies said he was driving with no tag light and after trying to initiate a traffic stop, he went into a shopping plaza near South Ridgewood Avenue. As he drove slowly in the parking lot, deputies said he stopped several times, reaching for a cup in his car and dumping something out.

Nutter then left the shopping plaza and continued driving. When deputies were able to stop him, they said marijuana was all over his face and his car as he tried to get rid of evidence.

He has since bonded out of the Volusia County Jail.


For a softer, more gentle approach to drug trafficking, use Snuggle to smuggle September 5, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Fraud,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:59 pm

Local drug agents recovered condoms filled with cocaine from a bottle of Snuggle fabric softener Tuesday and charged a 34-year-old man with trafficking the drug.

sfl-flduh-drug-snuggle-smuggle-20140904-001According to agents with the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, they stopped a 2006 Chrysler sport utility vehicle driven by Ramon Lemus-Ortiz at Northwest 110th Avenue and Northwest 12th Place for a traffic violation.

Authorities said Ortiz appeared nervous and gave them permission to search the SUV. Officers found a black bag that contained toiletries, such as soap and toothpaste, as well as a bottle of Snuggle fabric softener.

Inside the bottle were two condoms, one of which contained 71 baggies of cocaine; the second contained 57 baggies of the drug. The cocaine, in total, weighed 73 grams, according to reports.

Ortiz told agents that a man had paid him $200 to deliver the drugs to someone at a location off County Road 326. He was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine and was taken to the Marion County Jail. He was booked at 8:13 p.m. Tuesday and was released at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday on $20,000 bond.

The SUV was registered to Ortiz’s wife and the vehicle was released to her, officials said.

Ortiz was born in Mexico. His listed address is in Walla-Walla, Washington.

UntitledHe told a Star-Banner reporter that he shows horses for a living and is expected to be in Keeneland, Kentucky, to show horses in a couple of days. He said he did not know what was in the bag, which had been given to him by someone he sees often during local horse sales.

Court records show that Ortiz was arrested for possession of cocaine in November 2010. In late January 2011, the charge was dropped on the grounds that he had been deported.

The same documents indicate that Ortiz’ wife sent a letter to a judge in mid-January 2011 stating that her husband had been released from the jail to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials and was deported to Mexico. She added that a judge had asked for proof of deportation and for her to bring it to her husband’s next court date. She said she had requested the forms but was told it could take up to three weeks to receive them.

In the letter she noted, “I am working on getting him legal to come back to the USA but that also may take months, even years.” She requested more time to get the proof as requested by the judge.

It was not immediately clear when Ortiz returned to the United States.


Talk about a dopey 911 call… Somebody swiped my pot! September 4, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:05 pm

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office were called for helping a robbery victim which is fairly routine in the theft of property and cash.  The person who called told the deputy she was supposed to sell 10 grams of pot to a childhood friend she said found her on Facebook.

sfl-flduh-911-swiped-pot-20140903-001A drug dealer contacted the Sheriff’s Office after she says she was robbed of her 10 grams of pot and $840 in cash. The person she says is responsible, 17 year old Antonio Kleiss was arrested while she walked away.

“He’s made mistakes as I said we all have but like I said this whole thing is ludicrous,” says his grandmother Mary.

Mary Kleiss still can’t believe her seventeen year old grandson is in jail after a reported robbery Monday night. Antonio Kleiss was charged with felony grand theft of a controlled substance and felony robbery.

Witnesses describe what they saw.

“I felt like it was a drug deal that went wrong, you know you’ re meeting someone in the parking lot, neither one of them live here and you got robbed,” explains Sunrise Gardens, Sasha Johnston.

In a 911 call to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Mariah Massad said Kleiss dragged her across the pavement to get to her bag and its valuable contents.

From the 911 call:

(Operator) “What was in it(book bag)?”

(Victim) “It had all my money and a little bit of weed to be honest, we were gonna smoke but not that much.”

According to arrest reports deputies found scrapes on Massad that went along with her story. The report also shows that Massad agreed to meet up with Antonio through Facebook to sell him 10 grams of marijuana.

Deputies say her account and injuries were enough probable cause to take him in.

His grandmother disagrees.

“I didn’t understand where are the drugs where is the evidence where is the 800 dollars cash it doesn’t make any sense to me and it still doesn’t make any sense,” says Mary Kleiss.

We reached out to deputies and confirmed they have limited physical evidence linking Kleiss to anything stolen from Massad.

“No bag no backpack no drugs no money nothing,” points out Mary.

She adds, “a drug dealer can just call the police and tell them I was robbed go get Antonio, go get Chris, go get Mary Kleiss. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Neighbors say both should have been arrested.

Something did make sense for witness and neighbor, Sasha Johnston, if you go looking for trouble you might find it.

“It sucks for her to get robbed but if you’re dealing in an illegal activity it kind a comes with the territory and for her to get off scot-free I don’t think that’s right, I think they should both go to jail for the illegal activity,” says Johnston.

The investigation is still listed as open.

Massad has not been charged with anything and Kleiss is still in custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.



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