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Pinellas rapper Dangeruss, inspiration for 'Spring Breakers,' arrested

A local rapper who inspired James Franco's performance in the Pinellas County-based movie Spring Breakers was arrested on drug charges Friday, Pinellas Park police reported.

Russell Allen Curry, 27, was arrested on charges of marijuana sale and possession. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $20,150 bail.

Pinellas Park police said they received information in September that several people were dealing drugs "with a great deal of frequency" at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th Street N. Police began an investigation that led to Curry's arrest Friday.

Two other people also were arrested on various drug charges: Corey Devonshire, 28, and Jimmy Jones, 42.

Franco spent time with Curry, who goes by the name Dangeruss, to prepare for his role in Spring Breakers, which was filmed in the Tampa Bay area.

Franco's character, named Alien, is a rapper and drug dealer who befriends a group of college girls on spring break. The movie was released in theaters in March and made about $32 million.

"The arrest of Curry is another example that the fantasy portrayed by the movie is an exaggeration as Curry is just another low level drug dealer," police said in a news release. "Curry is not a role model that anyone should be looking up to."

Pinellas rapper Dangeruss, inspiration for 'Spring Breakers,' arrested 11/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:44pm]
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