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Deputies find guns, meth-making supplies in tents near Lithia elementary school

LITHIA — Hillsborough County deputies investigating a complaint Thursday that people were living in a closed park near Pinecrest Elementary School discovered two tents containing three guns, ammunition and products typically used to make methamphetamine.

No one was near the tents at 7822 Lithia Pinecrest Road when deputies got there at 9:48 a.m., so they waited. About 11:30 a.m., a man and woman arrived in a truck and walked into the tents. When they walked out, they found themselves face-to-face with deputies.

The deputies found two rifles and a handgun in the tents, according to the Sheriff's Office. They arrested Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, of 7820 Lithia Pinecrest Road and said the passenger from his truck, Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, had trespassed.

Deputies found a concealed, loaded handgun and meth on Tucker when they arrested him, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tucker faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during a felony, armed trespassing on school property, armed trespassing on county property, possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Deputies believe Tucker had been living on the property for about four to six weeks.

Deputies find guns, meth-making supplies in tents near Lithia elementary school 02/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:08pm]
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