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Murder suspect jailed on drug, theft charges

(ran PC edition)

A man suspected in a fatal Jan. 12 shooting in Zephyrhills is once again behind bars, this time on theft and drug-related charges.

A Dade City police officer arrested Frank Adams Harrison Jr., 31, of 15248 Davis Loop, early March 7 after seeing Harrison drive a 1991 red Ford Ranger that had been reported stolen, according to reports.

Harrison was charged with grand theft auto and taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes about 1 a.m.

The arrest came just two weeks after Harrison left the jail on a different charge. Harrison had been arrested Jan. 19 on a warrant for sale of crack cocaine, before posting bail Feb. 20.

While he was in jail, prosecutors said they planned to charge Harrison with third-degree murder in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Shane Lani Sampson at a Zephyrhills home.

Prosecutor Phil Van Allen told a judge last month that Harrison was handling a shotgun when it went off Jan. 12, blasting Sampson in the belly.

Because Harrison is a convicted felon, it would be a felony for him to handle a firearm, Van Allen said. If a death results from that felony, it becomes third-degree murder, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, he said.

But Harrison has not been indicted in the shooting. Van Allen was not available Friday afternoon for comment.

In the meantime, officers have tacked other charges onto Harrison's latest stay at the county jail.

The day after his March 7 arrest, the Sheriff's Office charged Harrison with first-degree grand theft. Authorities think Harrison stole a 1990 Nissan Maxima about 5:20 p.m. Feb. 28, then crashed the car into a telephone pole when a witness to the theft climbed inside and tried to stop him.

The incident occurred on Old Lakeland Highway near Wilson Street.

Harrison also faces new charges of sale and possession of crack cocaine.

Like the cocaine charge that led to Harrison's Jan. 19 arrest, the latest charges stem from Nov. 15 drug transactions with undercover Pasco County sheriff's deputies in Zephyrhills, according to reports.

The latest charge accuses Harrison of selling 1.3 grams of crack cocaine, or about 0.046 of an ounce, to an undercover officer for $140.

Harrison remains at the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $13,000 bail.

_ Bridget Hall Grumet covers crime in east Pasco. She can be reached at (352) 521-5757, ext. 23, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6108, then 23. Her e-mail address is bhallsptimes.com.

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