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Police: Pasco man attempts to settle debt with synthetic pot

NEW PORT RICHEY — A pair of teenagers are accused of using a BB gun to force a man to settle a debt, which he did — with synthetic marijuana, instead of cash, New Port Richey Police Department records show.

Clarence Duaine Moore, Jr., 19, of 4151 Mercury Drive, New Port Richey, and a 15-year-old New Port Richey boy were arrested Saturday afternoon when they were located inside a vehicle whose driver was pulled over for a moving violation, police records show.

Victim Virgil Lyons, 36, who lives at the Rodeway Inn on U.S. 19, told investigators that Moore and the boy, who is not being identified because of his age, pointed a gun at him and robbed him of synthetic marijuana.

Moore told an investigator that Lyons owed him $700, so he went to his motel room armed with a BB gun, records show.

The police report said Lyons did not have money, but threw Moore a gym bag full of synthetic marijuana as payment.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Moore was charged with home invasion with a firearm and possession of controlled substances. He was being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail Monday with bail at $50,000.

Moore has been arrested several times in Pasco in the last year. In September, he was charged with domestic battery in Pasco; two months later, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, jail records show.

In July, Moore was arrested and charged with making a false report to a law enforcement officer and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, records show.

Lyons was arrested Saturday after investigators searched his motel room and found more synthetic marijuana. He was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, records show.

Lyons was being held in the Land O’ Lakes Jail Monday with bail at $10,000.

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