The Bizarre World of Florida

Drug-dealing suspect after arrest: ‘I’m in so much trouble’ February 27, 2015

An 18-year-old high school student has been charged with selling drugs out of his car, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

hXohF.AuHeEm.69Deputies said Michael Cramer was arrested Monday after he was seen counting cash in his vehicle with a bag of marijuana by his side.

“The deputy responded to a report of suspected drug transactions occurring in a parking lot in the 3700 block of Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota Tuesday afternoon. He approached the vehicle and saw the suspect counting money and a baggie of marijuana. The suspect didn’t notice the deputy until he tapped on the window, and as the suspect got out of the car he said, ‘I’m in so much trouble. There’s a lot more in the trunk,'” a news release states.

After seizing $4,300 in cash and the bag containing 28 grams of marijuana that were in plain view, detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found 748 Alprazolam tablets, more than six pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and edible products containing THC, according to the release


Passed out stripper says drugs are for her aching back February 26, 2015

A woman was found passed out in her running car, breast exposed, skirt hiked up over her waist. A Keys deputy “was concerned,” so he tapped on the window of the Pontiac Vibe, according to the Monroe Sheriff’s Office.

stripper26n-1-webShe awoke and opened her purse to show the deputy her ID. That’s when Sgt. Ken Fricke, investigating the driver on the side of the road at Lower Sugarloaf Channel, noticed two plastic bags, one with marijuana and the other with cocaine, sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Tuesday.

Also in her purse, according to the sheriff’s office: oxycodone, morphine and other drugs, as well as a smoking pipe.

“When he asked her why she had all the drugs,” Herrin said, “ she said it was because her back hurts from being an adult dancer.”

Kayla Gregg, 23, was arrested Monday on Sugarloaf Key and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine drug paraphernalia and four counts possession of controlled substances


It’s hard to drive when you’re rolling a doobie

Many say texting while driving causes erratic motoring behavior.

It could be argued that rolling a marijuana “blunt” while driving produces a similar effect.

antoine_jamesSt. Lucie County Sheriff’s officials pulled Antione over after noticing his Nissan swerving on St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie, an affidavit states. It swerved to the middle of the road, and then to the right.It’s a conclusion that might be drawn from the Feb. 6 arrest of 26-year-old James Antoine.

While searching the Nissan, investigators found marijuana, powder cocaine and crack cocaine, items generally frowned upon by law enforcement officials.

During an interview with sheriff’s officials, Antoine said he was swerving because he was rolling a marijuana “blunt” while driving.

Blunt refers to a marijuana cigarette rolled with a cigar wrapper.

Antoine explained the pot odor in the vehicle by saying “he just smoked before being stopped.”

He also said the cocaine and marijuana belonged to him.

Antoine, of the 300 block of Southwest Feldman Avenue in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on three drug-related charges.


Man Tosses Drugs from Vehicle, Lands on Hood of Police Car February 24, 2015

A vehicle passenger pulled over by  Kissimmee police for a traffic stop on Jan. 16 probably hoped that the bag of cocaine he threw out the sunroof landed somewhere else besides the hood of a patrol car.

1421256373972The passenger, Luis Vazquez, 30, was observed by a Kissimmee police officer throwing something out the sunroof of the gold-colored Acura when the officer attempted pull over the car. He was driven by 38-year-old Jose Vales, who failed to stop at a red light, reports stated.

It was a bag of cocaine, and it landed on the hood of the officer’s cruiser, according to police reports.

A stop for a traffic ticket turned into an arrest on multiple counts for the pair, including evidence tampering for tossing the drugs.

The event occurred around 2 a.m., when Cpl. Christopher Breuer was headed northbound on Michigan Avenue. After he had to quickly slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the Acura when it made a right-turn from Mill Slough Road without stopping for a red light.

According to the arrest report, Breuer turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop, and moments later saw Vazquez, the passenger, put his hands on the roof, open the sunroof and throw something out.

“I observed a clear bag come out of the sun roof and fly into the air,” Breuer wrote in the report. “This same bag landed on the hood of my vehicle as I slowed down.”

He stopped his cruiser to retrieve the bag, which he identified as powder cocaine.

He continued on to stop the Acura, which had pulled into the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Michigan and Donegan Avenue, and only told Vales he was conducting a
traffic stop.

Breuer instructed a second officer who arrived to remove Vazquez from the vehicle, at which time Vales, the driver, spontaneously said Vazquez had thrown the baggie out the window.

“I still had not informed Vales that I observed or even recovered the baggie of cocaine that was thrown from the vehicle,” Breuer wrote in the report. “I thanked Vales for telling me what I already knew and then asked him if there was anything illegal inside his vehicle or on his person.”

The officer searched Vales and found a baggie, like the one thrown from the vehicle, with trace amounts of cocaine. Vales said Vazquez put it in his pocket when he saw the police lights and said Vazquez threw the other bag out the sunroof.

Police also found a bag of cannabis under the driver’s seat. Aside from receiving a ticket for running the red light, Vales was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis under 20 grams and possession of cocaine. He was held in the Osceola County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Vazquez, who was taken into custody on a separate battery warrant in Osceola County, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
He was held in jail on $2,500 bond. Both have since bonded out.


Wanted man snared following gas station clash February 20, 2015

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office apprehended a Georgia man with an active out-of-state warrant following a disturbance call in Navarre on Monday.

georgiaAccording to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the incident occurred when three individuals arrived at the Murphy’s  gas station in Navarre.

The report said a disturbance occurred after the three individuals attempted to pay only $10 for $34.85 worth of fuel.

Two of the individuals then began yelling at the clerk and customers, when the authorities were contacted.

Before deputies arrived on scene, one of the individuals − later identified as Georgia resident Rene Molina − fled the gas station on foot. Molina was later apprehended inside the neighboring Wal-Mart.

After taking Molina into custody, deputies discovered Molina had a active warrant out of Gwinnett County, Georgia for escape.

According to his arrest report, Molina also admitted to having marijuana in his possession. Deputies found a small plastic baggie with under 20 grams of marijuana.

In addition to facing charges of marijuana and drug equipment possession, Molina is also charged with disorderly intoxication.

Molina is currently incarcerated at the Santa Rosa County Jail.


Better keep your nose clean when calling 911 February 18, 2015

A man and woman were charged with possession of cocaine after deputies responded to a 911 call.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call on Feb. 5 around 9 a.m., according to the arrest report. When they got there, they spoke with 28-year-old Victoria Davis and 38-year-old Terry Demetrius Graham, both of Fort Walton Beach.


While speaking with Davis, deputies noted that she seemed “excited and had difficulty in controlling her bodily movements,” the report said. Deputies also noticed a “white powdery substance” in her nostril.

While deputies requested assistance in getting a swab from the powdery substance, Graham “made a hand signal” to try to warn Davis that they were going to collect a swab, according to the report. Graham eventually walked over and whispered in Davis’ ear because she wasn’t understanding.

Davis was detained and a swab was also taken from his nostril, where deputies noticed “large chunks of a white powdery substance,” the report said. Both swabs tested positive for cocaine.

Both told deputies that they had been snorting cocaine previously, according to the report.

Both are charged with felony possession of a controlled substance


Jail mail soaked with drugs was a big ‘hit’ with inmates, feds say February 17, 2015

When the mail arrived at the Broward County jail, it looked like someone was putting in a lot of care and effort drawing cartoon characters and tattoo designs for a very special inmate.

There was more to those artistic postcards than met the eye: They were laced with a hallucinogenic drug that proved so popular behind bars that many inmates paid $10 for a “hit” — a tiny torn scrap of postcard to put in their mouths and absorb the synthetic drug, court records show.

Two inmates, Gregory Golden, 41, and Dean Aubol, 35, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of conspiring to possess and distribute the drug, known as 25I-NBOMe, which experts say has an effect similar to LSD.

A third man, William Hahne, 56, has pleaded not guilty to the same federal charges and a related state charge of introducing contraband into the jail.

Federal prosecutors say Hahne made and mailed the drug-soaked cards to Aubol, and Aubol and Golden traded the drug with other inmates in exchange for cash or commissary items such as candy, snacks and other treats.

Jail officials did not know what was going on until August when an inmate at the Joseph V. Conte jail in Pompano Beach told law enforcement what he thought was LSD was being brought into the jail. The inmate said Hahne, who had been released from the jail several weeks earlier, was mailing Aubol envelopes containing postcard drawings laced with drugs.

“The contraband is then torn into tiny pieces (hits) and distributed throughout the jail by the inmates … The [informant] further advised that Golden was tearing approximately 250 pieces of paper laced with the hallucinogen and selling them inside the correctional facility for $10 apiece,” prosecutor Jodi Anton wrote in court records.

Golden’s girlfriend, who apparently was not charged, helped him send money by Western Union to Hahne, who then mailed the drugs to the jail, investigators wrote.

The inmate said he came forward because he saw an inmate “experience an extremely adverse reaction” after taking several hits of the paper.

Investigators put $60 in the informant’s commissary account to buy some of the drug and turn it over to them. The inmate said Golden told him to wait and another inmate delivered two pieces of paper within several minutes.

Investigators said they intercepted an envelope sent with a fake name from Hahne’s Miami apartment to Aubol at the jail. It contained a typewritten letter and a square piece of paper with a comic-style character drawing.

“I am thinking about getting the enclosed image tattooed on my upper arm … I’m imagining offering some guy who fits the bill a generous supply of 25 in exchange for his assistance,” the letter read.

The letter mentioned, in veiled terms, concerns about giving a second inmate a supply of drugs that might be viewed as competing with the jail’s existing salesman. The writer, who authorities say was Hahne, asked if the new supplier could get himself moved to a different jail housing unit.

The letter also discussed the possibility of setting up similar arrangements elsewhere in South Florida and in Washington, D.C.

“l am cash poor and 25 filthy rich,” the letter went on.

A day later, investigators said they intercepted a second envelope — this time with Hahne’s name and return address — containing a letter and a drawing of a pair of eyes.

“[The girlfriend] asked me to send him this picture she drew along with the message that the eyes of Texas are upon him,” that letter read. The drawing also tested positive for the drug, authorities said.

Hahne was unable to pick up at least some of the money sent by Golden’s girlfriend because of a misunderstanding about the code name they used. When police interviewed Golden’s girlfriend, she said she thought the papers were just inspirations for tattoo designs.

Hahne was arrested Aug. 27 after investigators went to his home and found several postcards from Aubol. Hahne told investigators he became friend with Golden in jail when Hahne was locked up for an April arrest for trafficking the drug.

Hahne once worked as a chemical engineer for Broward County until a series of drug-related arrests, starting in 2004 with a federal charge of manufacturing the drug Euphoria at his Fort Lauderdale home.

He is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami.

His lawyer Glenn Kritzer wrote in court records that Hahne, who has a history of mental illness, was showing signs of possible confusion and did not appear to understand everything though he is “obviously an intelligent person.”

“He indicated that he believed that he was “working with the Government” while he was allegedly committing the crime,” Kritzer wrote. Prosecutors have said Hahne certainly was not working with authorities.

Aubol has been locked up in the Broward County Jail system since July 2013, facing several charges stemming from a carjacking in Fort Lauderdale. Golden has been jailed since December 2012 on charges he burglarized a Davie construction site.

They face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when they are sentenced in April.

The series of drugs classified as NBOMes are a relatively new synthetic drug the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declared illegal in November 2013. The drug is offered in several forms, including powders, liquids, laced into edible items and soaked into blotter paper, according to the DEA. Experts say it is potent, unsafe for human use and has been linked to several deaths in the U.S.



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