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Traffic stop ends in drug charges

—A traffic stop Thursday for a reported seat-belt violation ended with the arrest of a 50-year-old on drug charges, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Jackie Horner Zanolin, 3711 Sunrise Drive, Sebring, was charged with possession with intent to sell a legend drug without a prescription, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession/use of drug equipment.

In a backpack, deputies found a digital scale with a methamphetamine residue; they also found 38 pills of a legend drug tramadol, methamphetamine and a glass pipe in two purses, the report said.

The incident happened in the area of U.S. 27 and U.S. 98, authorities said.

SO: Man pumps gas using unauthorized credit card

—A 29-year-old man, who authorities say fraudulently used somebody else’s business card to pump $85 of ethanol-free gas, left a copy of his driver’s license with the gas station when a clerk questioned him about the card, a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Faraz M. Rasul, 5500 Granada Blvd., Sebring, reportedly pumped the gas in July at an Avon Park gas station, a sheriff’s report says, using a card belonging to a bank employee.

When the gas station clerk questioned Rasul about the business card, he reportedly told the clerk it belonged to the “boss lady” and it was a company card, the report says.

Since many drivers come in with company cards, the clerk let Rasul use the card but first asked him for a copy of his driver’s license, the report says.

Rasul was charged with misdemeanor petit theft, fraud/illegal use of credit cards, and felony charges of fraud/ impersonation, forgery of a public record certificate, and fraud/uttering false instrument

Man with active warrant faces fresh charges, deputies say

—A 38-year-old, who authorities say had an active domestic violence warrant against him, faces new drug charges.

Christopher Ray Nolen, 2308 Upson Ave., Lorida, is charged with misdemeanor charges of resisting officer without violence, possession/use of drug equipment and felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

A Highlands County Sheriff’s Office report states the sheriff’s crime suppression team had information Nolen was at a Sebring address.

When they approached the home, deputies saw him standing in the doorway, the report said. Nolen went inside the home and closed the door when he saw them, the report says, opening it a few seconds later.

depities told him to get on the ground and when he resisted, they forced him to the ground and hand-cuffed him, the report sais.

On searching the home, deputies found a baggie with methamphetamine andan “improvised smoking device, which tested positive for marijuana, the report said.