Traffic stop yields seizure of 800 pills
Deputies say they found more than 800 oxycodone pills in a locked glove box during a routine traffic stop Tuesday night.
Derrick Choate, 23, was pulled over near State Road 52 and Sugar Creek Boulevard for driving without a tag light, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. While a deputy wrote the citation, a detective released a drug-sniffing dog, who alerted them to drugs in Choate's 1998 Chrysler.
The glove box contained 805 30-milligram oxycodone pills and 34 80-milligram oxycodone pills. Choate, who is from Cookeville, Tenn., told the deputy he did not have a prescription for the drugs, according to an arrest report.
Choate was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking oxycodone. He is being held at Land O'Lakes jail on $100,000 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Man charged with molesting 15-year-old
A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he molested a 15-year-old girl.
The victim told deputies that David Brown, whom she knows, forcibly removed her shirt and shorts on July 12, then touched and kissed her over her protests.
When she tried to get away, Brown forced her down on the ground and continued molesting her, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Then his phone rang, distracting him and allowing her to escape, the report said.
Brown, of 10005 Shailmar St. in New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $150,000 bail.