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Port Richey man sentenced to 11 years in drug case


Port Richey man sentenced in drug case

A federal judge has sentenced a Port Richey man to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, a case that started with a traffic stop nine months ago in Brooksville. Brian Martin, 26, was stopped by police on March 4 for speeding. Martin and an unidentified man jumped out of a Ford Explorer and locked the doors, leaving the keys in the ignition. Martin was soon caught and arrested, but the other man remains a fugitive. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a backpack with more than 200 grams of methamphetamine — some of which was packaged for distribution — drug paraphernalia and a handgun. After Martin pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced him late last week to 135 months in federal prison.


Deputies: Man said he'd cut cat in half

A 20-year-old threatened to cut a cat in half during an argument Monday morning, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. A report states that Mark P. Luft of 25302 Beechwood Drive in Land O'Lakes was awakened at 6:30 a.m. by a 17-year-old girl who lives in the house, which made him angry. The teen told deputies that Luft pushed her and tried to strangle her, then said he was going to cut their cat in half — and give her half of it. Luft took a knife from a kitchen drawer and walked toward the patio, where the cat was, and the teen blocked him, the report said. She told deputies she threw a glass ashtray at Luft and tried to pack her bags to leave. Luft took the bags from her and locked them in his car, the report says. The relationship between Luft and the victim was not available. The cat was not injured. Luft is charged with domestic battery and remained at the Land O'Lakes jail on Tuesday without bail.


Join Fasano at men's breakfast

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, will speak at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Trinity Presbyterian Church at a breakfast sponsored by the Men of the Church. Men from surrounding communities are invited to hear the senator provide a preview of the coming legislative session. To reserve a place, call Max Bolander at (727) 849-5894 or the church office at (727) 372-7203. The church is at 4651 Little Road, across from the Mitchell Park soccer fields.

Pasco deaths

A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.

Port Richey man sentenced to 11 years in drug case 12/22/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 10:17pm]
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