Drug Crimes

Remorse and Cooperation Turns a Possible Life Sentence to Seventeen Years in Prison for Plant City Man

Staring life in federal prison in the face, a Plant City man’s tearful remorse for his crimes led the presiding judge to sentence him to seventeen years behind bars instead. Telling a story of an early life marred by grinding […]... [Read More]

Former PCSO Deputy Tried on Charges of Drug Possession and Grand Theft

A former Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy went on trial last week on allegations that he stole prescription medication turned into the department for destruction and pawned his department-issued duty firearm. Steven Jared Smith is being charged with possession of hydrocodone, […]... [Read More]

Gulfport Man, Two Others, OD on Drugs He Allegedly Brought to Pinellas County Jail

Three inmates of the Pinellas County Jail landed in the hospital after overdosing on drugs allegedly brought into the facility by one of their number. Robert Gilner was booked into jail early last week for driving under the influence and […]... [Read More]

Seminole Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Driving Eight Miles the Wrong Way on I-275 Through St. Pete

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Seminole man drove almost eight miles the wrong direction on Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg last Monday while intoxicated and without striking another driver. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Sanchez is alleged to have […]... [Read More]

Holiday Driver Charged with DUI After Allegedly Fatally Striking Cyclist While Impaired by Cannabis

A Holiday man is accused of driving while impaired by cannabis after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist in Hudson last week. Twenty-five-year-old Ali Hassan Hazime was driving his 2007 Ford Explorer south on U.S. 19 last Sunday evening […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Illegal Window Tinting Leads to Chase and Multiple Felony Charges in New Port Richey

A Dade City native is facing almost two dozen charges after police in New Port Richey say they discovered significant quantities of controlled substances and firearms upon apprehending him after a vehicular chase. Twenty-seven-year-old Lionell Dieon Bates initially attracted the […]... [Read More]

Wounded USF Football Player Charged with Aggravated Assault, Cannabis Possession After Alleged Road-Rage Incident

A football player for the University of South Florida was arrested last week after Tampa police say he was involved in a road-rage incident while in possession of cannabis. Hassan Ismael “Hot” Childs was taken into custody upon his release […]... [Read More]

Morning Shooting Leads to Afternoon Arrest of Pinellas Park Man on Felony Drug Charges

A shooting early in the day in St. Petersburg last Saturday led to an arrest on felony drug charges later that day. St. Petersburg Police responded to a report of gunfire at a residence near 22nd Avenue N. and 49th […]... [Read More]

Homeless Man Dies During Arrest by St. Pete PD

A Tampa man expired in the course of an arrest by the St. Petersburg Police Wednesday morning. According to reports, officers were attempting to arrest Joshua George Dove, a thirty-five-year-old homeless man on a sidewalk on Fifth Avenue North near […]... [Read More]

Plant City Men Agree to Plead Guilty in Mexican Drug Trafficking Case

An uncle and his nephew have agreed to plead guilty to federal drug trafficking charges based upon allegations by the Drug Enforcement Administration that their Plant City business was a front for a Mexican drug distribution operation. According to authorities, […]... [Read More]

HCSO Petitions Court to Obtain $45,000 Seized in Alleged Drug Operation

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to obtain almost $45,000 in funds its deputies discovered in the course of a raid upon the Plant City home of a man alleged to have been engaged in the sale of illegal […]... [Read More]

Hillsborough Deputies Wound Two Suspects in Dinnertime Drug Sting at Restaurant

An undercover drug sting during the dinner rush at a local fast-food restaurant went bad Tuesday evening, as Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies shot two suspects, wounding one mildly and the other critically. According to authorities, undercover officers met with the […]... [Read More]

Loud Television Leads Hillsborough County Deputies to Alleged Cannabis Grow Operation

A Brandon couple are facing charges relating to cannabis cultivation after sheriff’s deputies were called to the home to investigate a complaint of a loud television. Deputies were called to the residence of Eduardo Jesus Estevez-Aguilera, aged 34, and Barbara […]... [Read More]

Bradenton Rapper Receives Sentence Commutation from President Obama

A Bradenton rapper sentenced to life in 2008 on a charge of cocaine possession was one of seventy-two recipients of a commutation from President Obama last week. Antonio Lee Alls, known in the music community as Tampa Tony, was arrested […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Out on Bail on Vehicular Homicide Charges Arrested Again After Allegedly Absconding

A man from Clearwater who is awaiting trial on charges for initiating a car crash that took the life of a school crossing guard was arrested on Friday after he allegedly fled from police while in possession of illegal drugs. […]... [Read More]