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Rapper behind 'Spring Breakers' character arrested on drug charges

St. Petersburg rapper Dangeruss, best known as the inspiration behind the drug-dealing rapper in the film “Spring Breakers,” was arrested by Pinellas Park police Friday afternoon on drug charges.

Investigators said Russell Allen Curry, 27, sold marijuana to a Pinellas Park police officer for $60. He was released early Monday from the Pinellas County Jail after posting bail of $20,150, jail records show.

The arrest was part of a multi-division investigation with the St. Petersburg Police Department that began in September. The Pinellas Park Police Department received information that several residents were dealing drugs at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th St. N., according to a release from the police department. The investigation is still ongoing, as several residents believed to be involved in the deals have not been located. Corey Devonshire, 28, and Jimmy Jones, 42, were also arrested on related drug charges Friday.

“The arrest of Curry is another example that the fantasy portrayed by the movie industry is an exaggeration as Curry is just another low-level drug dealer,” Sgt. Adam Geissenberger, public information officer for the Pinellas Park Police Department, wrote in a release. “Curry is not a role model that anyone should be looking up to.”

Actor James Franco spent time with Curry while researching his role as rapper “Alien” in “Spring Breakers,” which was filmed and based in Pinellas County. The film chronicles a group of college girls on spring break that meet the rapper and quickly become involved in robberies and drug deals. Curry has a brief cameo with his fictional counterpart in the film.

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