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Tips lead to five arrests on drug charges

The five people were at a house where methamphetamine - and ingredients used to make it - were found, reports say.

By SUZANNAH GONZALES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 30, 2003


HERNANDO -- Several anonymous complaints and tips led to the arrest of five Hernando residents on drug charges Friday night.

The five were found -- along with ingredients used to make methamphetamine -- in a house on Comanche Terrace, authorities said.

Those arrested were:

Randall Ray Peebles, 29, of 7115 Comanche Ter.,

Teresa Ann Pitti, 27, of 7115 Comanche Ter.,

Dale Nichols Thomas, 34, of 6875 Forest Trail Drive,

Robert Lee Thomas, known as "Bob," 38, of 4678 Forest Trail Drive,

and Patrick Zygmund Zyskowski, known as "Congo," 37, of 5982 Mallard Drive.

All five face charges of possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia. The group remained at the Citrus County jail Saturday morning. Each was being held in lieu of $5,500 bail.

About 9:30 p.m. Friday, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrived at 7115 Comanche Ter. in Hernando to conduct a knock-and-talk investigation, arrest reports said.

The reports said several people stood at a doorway of a well-lit workshop-office area. As detectives approached, they seemed startled. Two women walked past detectives and went inside the residence while three men walked outside and spoke with detectives.

The owner of the place told detectives they were just hanging out, the reports showed.

But after searching the workshop-office area, detectives discovered they may have been doing more.

On the floor in front of a step, a detective found a small plastic bag containing what later tested positive for 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, according to the reports.

In the office, detectives found several smoking devices and miniature, tin foil boats, which are common homemade methamphetamine smoking pipes, reports said.

-- Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or sgonzales@sptimes.com.

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