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Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published July 4, 2007


WESLEY CHAPEL

DEPUTIES DISCOVER MORE THAN 150 POT PLANTS IN HOUSE

Pasco deputies arrested 52-year-old Nemesio Alonso on Monday after they found more than 150 marijuana plants growing in his garage on Axelrod Way. "That's a pretty good haul, " said Lt. Robert Sullivan, chief of Pasco County sheriff's vice and narcotics unit. To date the county has found only a few marijuana grow houses with more than 100 plants. Deputies acted after a complaint from Withlachochee Electric. Alonso is in the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $10, 000 bond. So far this year the county has busted a dozen marijuana grow houses. In 2006 they found less than half that number.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Alcohol sting brings citations to six clerks

The Pinellas Sheriff's Office used underage volunteers in an alcohol-buying sting Monday. The investigation went to stores in Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor and Oldsmar. Of the 24 stores investigators visited, six sold to underage buyers. That's an improvement over previous stings, authorities said. Citations were issued to clerks at Discount Beverage, 414 Patricia Ave., Dunedin; Quick Nicks, 840 Broadway Ave., Dunedin; Super Shop, 1001 Broadway Ave., Dunedin; Liberty Food Mart, 201 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar; 7-Eleven, 2495 Sandy Point Drive, Palm Harbor; and BP Gas Station, 4060 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.

RUSKIN

Passenger dies in car collision

A Tarpon Springs man was involved in a car crash Monday that killed a 29-year-old woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Christopher Parks, 51, was driving north on 15th Street SE at the intersection of State Road 674 when he pulled out in front of a vehicle driven by Narciso Medina Jr., 30, troopers reported. A passenger in Medina's car, Christie Gonzalez, was killed. Parks suffered minor injuries. Medina and one of his passengers, Adam Medina, 4, were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where Narciso Medina was in good condition Tuesday. Adam Medina was treated and released. An investigation was continuing, the Highway Patrol said.