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Photo on felon's MySpace page leads to gun, drug charges

DADE CITY — In addition to the photos of his son, his girlfriend, his wads of cash and the metal grill covering his teeth, Dimas M. Medrano posted snapshots on MySpace of himself holding a semi-automatic gun, authorities said.

The problem is that Medrano, 20, is a felon who isn't supposed to have a gun.

Detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office heard about Medrano's photos, brought him in for questioning, then searched his home on Pinellas Avenue in Dade City. According to a report, authorities found the .22 caliber semi-automatic gun, a sawed-off shotgun and a box containing Medrano's "personal use" drugs — cocaine and crystal meth.

He was arrested Monday. Medrano is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a short-barreled shotgun, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

Medrano was first arrested at age 12 on charges of aggravated battery, assault on a firefighter or EMT and battery of a law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to nearly a year in jail, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He was arrested in 2008 and in March for violating his probation.

As of Tuesday, Medrano was being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. The pictures that got him in trouble no longer appeared on his MySpace page.

Medrano's MySpace page says, "Only God Can Judge Me" and he describes himself as "a nice n easy going person i like 2 chill with my friends n family."

On Sunday, the day before his arrest, he updated his mood as "F--- the world" — with a smiley face attached.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Photo on felon's MySpace page leads to gun, drug charges 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:42pm]
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