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Drug deal involving fake cocaine leads to stabbing in Palm Harbor

PALM HARBOR — Deputies arrested a man accused of stabbing another during a fight that erupted over a drug transaction involving fake cocaine, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

About 1:40 a.m. Friday, deputies received a call about a stabbing inside an apartment at 2350 Cypress Pond Road in Palm Harbor. When they arrived, deputies discovered Francisco Antonio Caraffa, who lives in the apartment, was stabbed several times. He was flown to a local hospital with what appeared to be serious but non-life threatening injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies soon learned that James Jennings, 18, of Holiday, had sold fake cocaine to Caraffa, who later confronted him about the quality of the drug. The men began to fight and Jennings stabbed Caraffa, the Sheriff's Office said.

K-9 partners found Jennings near the scene and arrested him.

He faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Jennings was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Friday without bail.

Drug deal involving fake cocaine leads to stabbing in Palm Harbor 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:22pm]
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