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Man arrested on drug charges

LAKE PLACID - A Sebring man whose occupation was listed in 2007 as a "street level dope seller," is accused of continuing in the same occupation, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

Marvin Chermaine Owens, 22, of 100 State Drive, Sebring, was arrested July 1 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest came after a drug dog smelled marijuana from outside a stopped vehicle, the report said.

Deputies searched Owens and found $218.37 in one pants pocket and 15 bags of marijuana in another, a report said.

'Friend' accused of stealing money from woman

SEBRING - A man was arrested on a warrant several months after a woman accused him of using her debit card to steal money, according to a report.

Raul Molina Fernandez, 41, 4646 Nadana Drive, Sebring, was arrested July 2 by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with petit theft and illegal use of a credit card.

The arrest came after the woman told deputies that she allowed Fernandez, who she described as a friend, to spend time at her residence and use her vehicle.

After she allowed him to use her car, she discovered that someone had withdrawn money from her account, she told deputies.

Video surveillance showed Fernandez making the unauthorized transactions totaling about $223, the report said.

He remained in the Highlands County jail with bond being set at $15,000 as of press time.

Man accused of possessing drugs, attacking deputy

SEBRING - A man already accused of violating his probation faced several other charges after being arrested July 2 following a traffic stop.

Joshua Lee Smith, 23, 215 W. Bay St., Wauchula, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, depriving an officer of means of communication, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy reported that after stopping the car and getting Smith out of the vehicle, Smith struck him in the chest, causing his hand radio to become detached from his uniform.

After deputies subdued Smith, they found methamphetamine in his vehicle, the report said.

As of press time, Smith remained in the Highlands County jail with bond being set at $4,500.

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