Drug Crimes

Authorities Say Surveillance Video Leads to Arrest of Woman Involved in Ruskin Twin Killing

Hillsborough County authorities say video footage helped them identify a woman whom they later charged with first-degree murder in connection with a home invasion in Ruskin. Investigators say Samona Louise “Mona” Ramey of Wimauma approached the mobile home of Alexis […]... [Read More]

Tampa Attorney Facing Drug Trafficking Charges After Cocaine Sting Arrest

A local attorney was arrested last week by Polk County deputies after they say was involved in a cocaine-distribution operation. Deputies with the county’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force say they arranged a deal to purchase up to 4 […]... [Read More]

Drug-Induced Paranoia Allegedly Leads Largo Man to Murder Pregnant Woman

Pinellas County authorities say a drug-fueled state of paranoia led a Largo man to take up a high-powered rifle and fatally shoot a pregnant stranger. Javier and Elizabeth Rosado were driving home from church in their Nissan Sentra with Elizabeth’s […]... [Read More]

Plant City Man Sentenced to Over Nine Years in Federal Prison in Cocaine-Distribution Conspiracy

A Plant City man will be spending the next 110 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to traffic cocaine on behalf of a Mexican drug cartel in 2016. According to federal prosecutors, Joseph Rumore was a significant […]... [Read More]

Second-Grade Teacher Charged with DUI, Cocaine Possession After Traffic Stop

Pinellas Park Police say a woman they observed driving on a tire rim turned out to be a second-grade teacher who was in possession of cocaine. Officers say they spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Park Boulevard and 49th […]... [Read More]

Trio Arrested in St. Pete on Charges of Illegal Sale of Fentanyl

Two Pinellas Park residents and an individual from St. Petersburg were all arrested last Tuesday by Pinellas County deputies on charges related to the sale and trafficking of illegal drugs. Detectives of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division say they received a […]... [Read More]

Oldsmar Man Allegedly Offers Arresting Officer $10,000 Bribe After DUI Arrest

Tampa police say an Oldsmar man attempted to bribe an officer after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and possessing illegal drugs. Tampa PD Officer Douglass Bailey says he witnessed a late-model Acura sedan being driven erratically […]... [Read More]

Multitude of Drug Charges for Spring Hill Couple Nabbed in Weeks-Long Investigation

A lengthy investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office culminated on Tuesday with the arrest of a Spring Hill couple they say were in possession of substantial amounts of illicit drugs. Investigators allege that Devan Diandre Bristol and Jasmine Deon […]... [Read More]

False Positive Test for Cocaine Costs Oveido Man Ninety Days in Jail

An Oveido man languished in jail for ninety days after a roadside drug test returned a false positive on powdered drywall. Oveido police officers stopped Karlos Cashe in March, accusing him of driving his vehicle without its lights on. The […]... [Read More]

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]