Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Foot chase ends with drugs, cash, arrests

ZEPHYRHILLS — Deputies arrested three men Friday night after a foot chase that turned up guns, drugs and several thousand dollars in cash.

Four deputies were patrolling about 11:50 p.m. near the intersection of Cole Avenue and Bell Street, listed in reports as a drug area, when they came across five males standing outside a vehicle and a heavy smell of marijuana around them, a Pasco County Sheriff's report states.

The deputies stopped and searched them. One deputy found a black handgun in the center console of the vehicle. During the search, the report states, Nicholas Shane Trujillo, 19, took off running, carrying a bookbag.

Deputies shouted at him to stop. Trujillo threw a pistol into woods while he ran, the report states. Deputies chased him almost a mile before catching him.

In Trujillo's pocket, the report states, deputies found $3,500. The backpack held several bags of marijuana and a scale. In another bag inside the vehicle, deputies found more marijuana and a silver gun, the report states.

Tyree Giles, 19, and Trevon Church, 18, were also arrested. The two others in the group were juveniles and will be treated as witnesses, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin.

Trujillo was charged with obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.

He was being held at Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $55,300 bail.

Giles was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He was released after posting $7,500 bail.

Church was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released after posting $2,000 bail.

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