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Pinellas Park Duo Charged With Drug Offenses After Witnesses Say One Was Driving With Syringe In His Arm

Two Pinellas Park men are in jail today after deputies say one was spotted driving the car they were both in while a syringe was in his arm.

Pinellas County deputies say they were alerted to the situation by St. Petersburg police just before noon on February 25. Ultimately locating the suspicious Jaguar at a gas station near Pinellas Park, deputies say they witnessed both men approach the vehicle to reenter it. At that point deputies decided to approach the vehicle to investigate.

Deputies say they witnessed a used syringe lying in plain view on the driver’s seat, which they used as sufficient cause to make an arrest of both men. Upon a subsequent search, deputies say they found fentanyl on the person of the vehicle’s passenger. Additionally, they say the driver told them upon questioning that he told them he used the needle to administer drugs to himself within 20 minutes of arriving at the gas station.

The 39-year-old driver was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation on a charge of grand theft auto. The 28-year-old passenger was also booked into jail and faces one charge each of fentanyl possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men remain in custody – the driver is being held without bond, while the passenger is being held pending a bond of $2,150.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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