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Accused speeder faces drug charges

—A 19-year-old Sebring resident,who authorities say was speeding May 10 on Mike Kahn Road, ended up facing drug charges, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

Saul Mendoza, 3614 Hoyt Ave., Sebring, caught the deputy’s attention because he was reportedly going 45 mph in a 35-mph zone, a report states.

When a sheriff’s deputy stopped Mendoza, he could not provide him with a valid driver’s license, the report states.

A K-9 deputy who then arrived on the scene, conducted a “free air sniff” of Mendoza’s car.

Authorities found marijuana in the car, the report states, and while searching Mendoza at Highlands County Jail, where he was taken, reportedly found another clear-colored bag with pot in his shorts pocket, the report adds.

He was charged with possession of marijuana and drug equipment and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

Police: Convicted felon faces weapons, ammo charges

—Authorities who searched a Lakeview Drive home May 9 found guns, ammunition and marijuana and ended up charging a convicted felon with drug charges and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, according to a Sebring Police Department report.

Nakein Demesmion Justin, 30, 3574 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, was found in an upstairs master bedroom with a female, the report states.

While searching the home, authorities found a handgun and loaded magazine on a shelf in the master bedroom walk-in closet, a semi-automatic rifle against the wall next to the bed in the room, a plastic bag containing live ammunition, and a 0.22-caliber magazine in the nightstand on the left side of the bed, a report adds.

Another room, which serves as a music studio, had a bag with marijuana, a single live round of ammunition on the computer desk and drug paraphernalia, the report adds.

The house was reportedly occupied by four people when authorities arrived with the search warrant, including a juvenile, who opened the door, the report adds.

Woman with active warrant faces new charges

—A 52-year-old woman, who authorities say had an active Hendry County warrant against her, was arrested May 10 after a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputy flagged down a car where she was a passenger for an inoperable tag light, a report states.

Sandra Jane Hamby, 6339 Highway S. 29, LaBelle, is also facing drug charges after Highlands County Jail authorities inventoried her personal belongings, the report adds.

While Hamby was being booked into jail, a deputy reportedly found a Schedule 1V drug, an Alprazolam pill, in a bag in her purse, the report said.

Hamby is also being charged with possession of a controlled substance and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.