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Motorcycle thief found with drugs and guns, Hernando detectives say

SPRING HILL — Hernando County detectives who stopped a Spring Hill man they suspected of driving a stolen motorcycle Thursday night found a small arsenal of weapons and a quantity of drugs during a search, a report states.

The detectives stopped James Riani while he was pulling into the driveway of his Candlewick Avenue home on a black Kawasaki motorcycle that was confirmed stolen from Citrus County, according to an arrest report.

Riani tried to run off, the report states, but he fell and was captured. Riani pulled a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun from his waistband, and the gun fell to the ground.

During a search, the detectives found a handgun magazine loaded with 9mm ammunition in Riani's waistband. In his backpack, the report states, they found a loaded .40-caliber Highpoint handgun, a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun with the serial number filed off, and extra 12-gauge shotgun shells.

In his jacket pocket they found a black bag holding a handcuff key and four plastic bags holding 14.3 grams, or about 0.5 ounces, of methamphetamine.

Riani, the report states, is a convicted felon and a documented gang member.

His driver's license has been suspended 13 times, cancelled indefinitely, and revoked one time as a habitual traffic offender.

Riani admitted to detectives that the motorcycle was stolen from Citrus County, although he said he bought it from a friend.

Riani was arrested on 18 counts, ranging from carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon to grand theft and trafficking in drugs.

Motorcycle thief found with drugs and guns, Hernando detectives say 10/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 8:33pm]
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