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Accused drug smoker blocks traffic, earns arrest

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A man is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center after he passed out behind the wheel of his truck, blocked traffic in Brooksville, and was arrested by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies (HCSO) on drug and weapons charges.

According to HCSO Public Relations Manager Denise Moloney, just before 12:30 a.m. on March 29, deputies responded to a report of a stopped vehicle blocking the intersection of East Early and East Jefferson streets in Brooksville.

At the scene, they found a Chevy Silverado truck with a trailer attached running and in “drive” with its driver, later identified as Jordan Styles, passed out in the driver’s seat.

When they approached Styles, deputies noticed a piece of burnt aluminum foil and a small straw on his lap.

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“Those items are commonly used to inhale/consume illegal substances,” Moloney said.

When questioned, Styles told deputies that he used the items to smoke oxycodone in order to relieve pain in his ankles.

Deputies instructed Styles to put the truck in “park” and get out of the vehicle.

After Styles compiled, deputies searched the truck. They found a blue plastic baggie containing a substance that later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.  They also found a plastic baggie containing what tested positive for the presence of fentanyl, five blue oxycodone pills, and a baggie containing a leafy green substance that tested positive for the presence of marijuana.

They also found a Summerville American Tactical 22 long rifle loaded with eight rounds of ammunition.

Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services (HCFES) also responded to the scene. Styles refused treatment and refused to be taken to the hospital.

His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Styles was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on four counts of possession of controlled substance w/o prescription, two counts of possession of weapon and/or ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Because he has open cases in Sumter and Hillsborough counties at the time of booking,  deputies requested that Styles’ bond be revoked.

He remains at the Hernando County Detention Center.




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