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Drug sweeps nets 35 arrests in Pasco

NEW PORT RICHEY

DRUG SWEEP results in arrest of 35

Authorities arrested 35 people in a countywide drug sweep late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Many face charges related to the use of prescription narcotics. "We have seen about 60 to 70 percent of our cases as a result of the prescription drug problem in Pasco County," said Pasco County Sheriff's Office Lt. Charles Balderstone. The arrests follow a six-month undercover operation involving the Sheriff's Office and New Port Richey police. Charges included trafficking controlled substances, selling or possessing a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, grand theft and cultivation of marijuana.

DADE CITY

Charge filed in Sunday stabbing

Authorities say 27-year-old Phillip J. Parker stabbed a man in front of the Cypress Manor public housing units on Patti Lane about 11:20 p.m. Sunday. A Pasco sheriff's report says Parker was hanging out with a group of people in a front yard at one of the units and he tried to talk with a woman. The woman's cousin, Antwon Story, 20, didn't approve and told Parker to leave. Parker, whose address was listed as Cypress Manor, shouted back and forth with others, authorities said. Story told investigators he "attempted to calm the situation by pleading with Parker to just leave," the report states. Parker slashed Story in the chest with a knife, authorities said. Story had a gash on his chest 7 inches long and a few inches wide, the report states, and had surgery to close the wound. Parker was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was in the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Authorities: Man made false report

Daniel Richards found himself more than 12 miles from home Tuesday afternoon; no car, no one willing to give him a ride. He'd angered the neighborhood — how or why, it wasn't said. But the bottom line was Richards needed out of there fast. So, authorities say, Richards, 46, called 911 and made up a story. He said he'd been robbed and thrown from a moving car. He was hurt badly, he said. Richards' plan was to be taken to the hospital and leave as soon as the ambulance dropped him off. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is only 3 miles from Richards' house. He figured he could walk that far, a report states. A fire truck, an ambulance and three deputies responded to Richards' call at 30245 Chapel Drive. When asked about his apparent lack of injuries, Richards "put his head down and said he lied," the report states. Richards, of 4233 Gall Blvd., was charged with filing a false report to law enforcement.

Drug sweeps nets 35 arrests in Pasco 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:30pm]
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