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Zephyrhills man facing several gun, drug charges

ZEPHYRHILLS — Pasco County sheriff's deputies found Jason Rialmo at home Friday morning. They also found six guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, 3 grams of marijuana and $12,000 worth of painkillers.

Acting on a tip, the deputies arrived at Rialmo's house at 3109 Bohannon Road with a search warrant. A bedroom safe contained $4,071 in cash and almost 900 oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax pills, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Nearby were 3 grams of marijuana and several glass marijuana pipes, the report said.

As deputies took him into custody, Rialmo made "sudden movements" toward the officers, said Kevin Doll, a spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Officers later seized three semiautomatic handguns, an AK-47 assault rifle, a Bushmaster M4 assault rifle, a Ruger semiautomatic rifle and almost 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Rialmo's house.

Rialmo, who told deputies he works as an air-conditioning installer, faces charges of armed drug trafficking and other drug charges, as well as battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and being a felon in possession of firearms. And on Wednesday — Rialmo's 30th birthday — authorities also charged him with grand theft of firearms.

Rialmo has been arrested 19 times in Florida since 1996 and served three stints in prison for burglary, assault on a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license. With Friday's arrest, he was charged with violating his felony battery probation in Hillsborough County and cocaine possession probation in Osceola County.

He is being held at the detention center in Land O'Lakes without bail.

Zephyrhills man facing several gun, drug charges 06/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 8:06pm]
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