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Pasco deputies say pair ran grow house in mobile home

CRYSTAL SPRINGS

Deputies find grow house in mobile home

A stay-at-home mother and her gang-member companion were arrested Tuesday when authorities found a marijuana grow house inside their mobile home, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Acting on an anonymous tip, deputies knocked on the door Tuesday morning at 38535 Central Ave., in Crystal Springs near Zephyrhills. Inside, authorities found four plants growing inside a bedroom and bathroom, as well as 14 hydrocodone pills and another marijuana plant in the back yard, a report states.

Charles Ricardo Rosales, 29, was charged with trafficking in controlled substances, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Rosales is a member of Legion of Doom, a motorcycle gang. Rosales' arrest report states he "meets the criteria as a criminal street gang member." He is being held at the Pasco County jail with bail set at $55,150.

Shannon Amsler, 26, faces the same marijuana growing and paraphernalia charges, as well as a charge of child neglect because an 8-year-old boy was in the house. She told authorities she knew the child "should not be around the (marijuana) plants," the report states. She was released from the Pasco County jail Wednesday on $5,150 bail.

The boy was taken to a family member, the report says.

PORT RICHEY

Search for stolen motorcycle is short

When he woke up Tuesday morning, Corey Hilton discovered his yellow Fatboy minichopper motorbike was gone.

But Hilton didn't have to look far for his bike. According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, he followed tire tracks across the street, up a walkway and into his neighbor's house on Tyson Drive. A strong smell of gasoline led him to his missing motorbike, worth $1,200, in a guest bedroom under a pile of clothes.

Deputies say Christopher Burns, 26, spent the early hours of Tuesday cutting Hilton's backyard fence and stealing his motorbike from an unlocked back porch. By 7 a.m., when Hilton's wife, Michelle, went to the back yard for a cigarette, the bike was gone — leaving nothing but tire tracks.

Hilton, who told deputies he believes Burns stole the motorbike to support his prescription drug habit, reclaimed his motorbike and called authorities. When Burns was arrested at his home at 7741 Tyson Drive, the deputy noted the place still smelled of gasoline.

Burns has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and is being held at Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail. He has previously pleaded no contest to charges of domestic battery and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Pasco deputies say pair ran grow house in mobile home 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 5:43pm]

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