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Two are arrested on drug charges

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published March 24, 2007


Law officers made two drug arrests Thursday in separate incidents.

Jesus Cruz Meza, 26, a convicted felon, was arrested after investigators said they seized drugs and a gun from his Homosassa home.

Agents from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 5905 S Mason Creek Road. They said they found about 3 pounds of marijuana and 1 1/2 ounces of cocaine hidden in plastic bags throughout the house.

In a shed, they found a 9 mm semiautomatic firearm stored in a cooler, according to an arrest report.

Convicted felons may not possess firearms, and state records indicate Meza has felony convictions from Pasco County for burglary and aggravated assault.

Meza was also wanted on additional charges: sale and possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, the reports said. Bail at the Citrus County jail was set at $65,500.

Cynthia Ann Rybachek, 43, is already in jail facing drug charges. On Thursday, law officers tacked on more.

Detectives say they caught Rybachek with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia March 14 in Beverly Hills. She wasn't arrested because she pledged assistance in other cases, an arrest report said.

When she reneged, investigators tacked on the new charges.

In other law enforcement news:

- A carnival worker at the Citrus County Fair said a patron stepped off a ride Thursday night, snatched a gold chain off his neck and then fled.

Justin Munuger, 25, a Belle City Amusement worker, was staffing the Gravitron ride about 11:40 p.m. when the robbery occurred, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The suspect was not caught. The fairgrounds are on U.S. 41 S.