Drug Crimes

St. Pete Man Facing Felony Charges After Allegedly Selling Fake Cocaine

A St. Petersburg man is facing felony drug charges after deputies say he sold them a substance purported to be cocaine, but wasn’t. Pinellas County deputies say Tomas L. Phillips offered to sell an undercover officer what he claimed was […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Faces Felony Murder Charges After Argument Allegedly Leads To Murder

A Tampa man who allegedly gunned down another individual in the street last week was apprehended after a cooperative effort between the Tampa Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. According to investigators, Sergio Rashad Green and Glennis Leon Mays […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Nurse Charged For Allegedly Purloining 10,000 Pain Pills From Employer

A nurse in Spring Hill is facing charges after Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies say she stole thousands of pills of pain killers from her place of work. A local rehab clinic reported the theft of a long list of pain […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Faces DUI Charge After Allegedly Wrecking Stolen Car And Fleeing With Bottle In Hand

Clearwater police apprehended a man last week they say stole a vehicle, ran a red light, and careened into another vehicle prior to their arrival on the scene. Per the arresting officers, Rico L. Hayes drove the stolen vehicle with […]... [Read More]

Drug Warrant Yields Dozens of Cannabis Plants, Hundreds of Pounds Of Cannabis In Brooksville Home

Deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office say the execution of a warrant last week yielded a large quantity of cannabis plants and harvested cannabis prepared for distribution at a Brooksville home. Details were scarce, but the Sheriff’s Office says […]... [Read More]

Ft. Lauderdale Doctor Convicted On Federal Drug Charges After Allegedly Illegally Prescribing Opioids

A Fort Lauderdale doctor was convicted last month by a federal jury for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to distribute illicit drugs. According to federal prosecutors, Dr. Andres Mencia and three of his office workers began performing fake consultations […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Sentenced to Quarter Century in Prison for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction

A St. Petersburg man will be spending the next decade and a half in federal prison on drug-trafficking charges, as prosecutors say he moved 30 kilograms of heroin into the area over a year and a half. William Harold Wright […]... [Read More]

Already Facing Charges for Alleged Fatal Wreck, Riverview Man Jailed Again for Another Injury Accident

A Riverview man already out on bail on a previous charge involving a fatal crash was arrested again last week after Hillsborough County deputies say he initiated another crash that left another hospitalized. Jaime Castellano Jr. was driving westbound on […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Firefighter Allegedly Asleep At the Wheel Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Clearwater firefighter found himself arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last week after a passer-by alerted authorities to a motorist apparently unresponsive at the wheel. Pinellas authorities received reports in the early evening of April 10 that a man […]... [Read More]

“Prolific Offender” Charged With Attempted Felony Murder After Alleged Home Invasion Robbery

A man characterized by Pasco County authorities as a prolific offender was arrested last week after allegedly kidnapping and robbing a man at gunpoint. A man who allegedly escaped from the bathroom window of his own home told deputies a […]... [Read More]

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]