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Pasco spice arrests net three suspects

NEW PORT RICHEY — Everyone involved was arrested Saturday afternoon when, police say, two teens robbed a synthetic marijuana dealer at gunpoint.

According to a New Port Richey Police Department report, Clarence Moore, 19, and his 15-year-old accomplice walked into room 210 at the Rodeway Inn, 6826 U.S. 19, where Virgil Lyons was living.

Moore would later tell officers that Lyons owed him money in previous drug deals, according to police Sgt. Erik Jay. Moore brandished a gun and put it to Lyons' back. Then he and the other teen, whom the Times is not naming because of his age, filled a bag with 36 packages of spice that Lyons was selling.

An officer on road patrol near the hotel saw Moore and the teen run from the room down a flight of stairs and jump into a 1995 Pontiac, Jay said. They drove southbound on U.S. 19's northbound right of way, where officers stopped them.

Moore told officers what happened. Officers went to Lyons' room and found him with 10 packages of spice.

Moore, of 4151 Mercury Drive, and the 15-year-old were charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

Moore remained in Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Lyons, 36, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and failing to appear in court at a hearing for unlawful use of a temporary tag. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $11,013 bail.

Pasco spice arrests net three suspects 08/25/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 9:08pm]
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