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Police briefs: Girl accused of having drugs at school


Student says she took drugs from parents

A 15-year-old student at Zephyrhills High School was arrested Friday for bringing drugs to school, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The girl was said to have a bottle of pills, which were identified as Xanax, Fexofenadine and Methadone. She told officers she got the Methadone from her parents' medicine cabinet.

None of the pills were prescribed to her, the report states.

The girl, who lives in Zephyrhills, was placed under arrest and taken to the Zephyrhills Police Department. She was released to her parents.


Speeding stop leads to drug charges

A little after 3 a.m. Friday, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a car going 65 mph on U.S. 41 just south of State Road 54 — 15 mph over the speed limit. He pulled the car over and found a drunken driver with a stash of drugs and cash.

According to an arrest report, the driver of the car — Kareem Jamal Powell, 22, of Land O'Lakes — smelled of alcohol and marijuana, had watery, bloodshot eyes and mumbled speech.

Inside the car, troopers found about 6 pounds of marijuana, three guns, a bag of crack cocaine, a paper envelope of Oxycodone, two scales and $1,251 in cash.

When the serial numbers on the guns were ran, two came back as being reported stolen.

Powell was arrested and charged with DUI and several drug charges, possessing stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $50,650 bail.


He wrecked and said he didn't have license

A man crashed his car into a fence in the wee hours Saturday, got out of his car and told an officer he was drunk and didn't have a license.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted the car going nearly 20 miles over the speed limit on U.S. 19 in Port Richey a little after 2 a.m.

Just as the officer was about to turn on his light, the car veered left, bounced over a curb and smashed into a chain-link fence.

A man and woman inside the car were not injured.

The driver's side door had a metal pole through it, so the driver — later identified as Eric Marusak, 37, of New Port Richey — crawled out the passenger door.

"I'm wrecked, Dude," he told the officer.

Marusak laughed and then added, "I got a suspended license."

He soon stopped laughing and got angry — kicking the officer in the groin and leg, cursing at him, punching him and then acted like a dog, growling and trying to bite him.

Marusak was arrested and charged with DUI, resisting an officer with violence, refusing to take a breath test, battery on a law enforcement officer, simple assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief and violating a pre-trial release.

He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.


Student says she was shot with BB gun

A student at Bayonet Point Middle School claims Victor Manuel Nazario, 30, of Port Richey, has taken a liking to shooting her with a BB gun as punishment for disobeying, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The girl's identity and relationship to the man arrested are not being released.

The report said she was shot on several occasions for things like not answering his questions about her male friend and for coming home late from school.

Nazario was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Police briefs: Girl accused of having drugs at school 01/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 2:04pm]
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