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Tampa man, shot during drug deal, arrested on drug charges

WESLEY CHAPEL — More than a month after being shot in a botched drug deal, Christopher Boreland was arrested for having the drugs in the first place, deputies said.

No one has been charged in the shooting.

About 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Boreland and his girlfriend pulled into the parking lot at Amici's Pizza, 26252 Wesley Chapel Blvd., with 45.2 grams of marijuana in the truck, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The buyers, an unnamed male and female, were set to meet them there.

Reports don't contain specific details about the deal, but they say the unnamed buyers tried to steal the marijuana from Boreland. A struggle ensued, and one of the buyers shot Boreland in the right arm with "a large caliber handgun," the report states.

The gunman never got the marijuana because Boreland, 21, and his girlfriend sped off in the truck headed for St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

Deputies met the couple at the hospital where they noticed the marijuana "in plain view" in the truck, according to the report. They confiscated the drugs as well as $725 in cash.

After the investigation, the case against the shooter was dropped because Boreland refused to cooperate with detectives, the report states.

Deputies picked up the case against Boreland, of Tampa, and arrested him Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $5,150 bail.

Alex Orlando can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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