Detectives investigating a drug trafficking operation with ties to the Cayman Islands arrested a man and his sister Thursday night, and recovered from their Carrollwood apartment cocaine worth $45,000. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Carson Anthony Yates recently returned from the Caymans and was arrested after delivering 260 grams of cocaine to a person who was a confidential informer for the Sheriff's Office. Investigators then got a search warrant for 121401 Orange Grove Drive, Apt. 1106, where they said Yates and his sister, Christi Lee Yates, stored the cocaine. Detectives said they found another 180 grams of cocaine in the residence, located in the Country Wood apartment complex. Christi Lee Yates, 33, is being held in the county jail without bail. Carson Yates is being held on $100,000 bail.
Man convicted of multiple income tax violations
TAMPA _ A federal jury found Safety Harbor resident William L. Tiner guilty Friday of four counts of income tax evasion and three counts of filing false income tax returns.
Starting in 1996, Tiner diverted and concealed profits from WLT Software of Florida through a series of trusts and foreign companies, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa. He failed to report in excess of $2.5-million between 1996 and 1999, evading more than $900,000 in taxes.
Tiner, 60, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fines on each of the tax evasion counts, and a maximum of three years in prison and $250,000 fines on each of the false tax return counts. His trial lasted 10 days.
Missing man, 78, found unhurt at public bus stop
TARPON SPRINGS _ After a brief search, police Friday found a 78-year-old Tarpon Springs man who left his house Thursday night and was thought to have been in jeopardy.
Police said Clifton Thomas is a diabetic who missed at least two shots of insulin and is possibly in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He was last seen leaving his home on S Levis Avenue driving a white 1993 Ford F250 pickup truck.
About 3 a.m. Friday, a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy stopped the truck with Thomas behind the wheel at Fletcher and 22nd avenues in Tampa. His family reported him missing at 8 a.m., and his truck turned up in Clearwater around 10 a.m.
Tarpon Springs police Officer Paul Comini was headed to the truck when he saw Thomas sitting on a bus stop bench at Aberdeen Street and Edgewater Drive in Clearwater. Thomas was unharmed, but confused, police said.