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Local homeless man facing drug-related charges

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A homeless man is facing drug-related charges after more than three grams of methamphetamine were found in his possession at a campsite in Masaryktown.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), shortly before 10 am, on Nov. 23 deputies from the HCSO’s community policing unit were on a bicycle patrol in Masaryktown when they came upon a campsite that was being used by a few homeless individuals.

Deputies found a temporary structure that had been erected on the site and that a large amount of trash strewn across the campsite. They also found 43 year-old Michel Baxter sitting on a couch there.

Next to Baxter they noticed an open container with cellophane baggies, three glass smoking pipes, a metal smoking pipe and one clear plastic container with a small crystal-like substance inside.

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That substance tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 3.4 grams. Baxter was subsequently arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center and charged with possessing possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The case is pending.

Michel Baxter, photo courtesy of the HCSO.
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