Two felons found with drugs, gun after hit-and-run

Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 12:51 a.m.

An alert security guard at a Wal-Mart store apparently solved a hit-and-run crash that resulted in 15 viles of steroids and several other drugs being seized in Lake City on Thursday morning.

The case also involved a pair of convicted felons being arrested for possession of a firearm, authorities said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Trooper Charles Lee put out an alert for a 2008 Dodge truck suspected of rear-ending a trailer being towed on Interstate 75 north of Lake City at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

According to FHP, a security guard at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 90 about a mile east of I-75 heard the alert and realized he had just seen a woman acting suspiciously next to a truck that matched the description of the truck that troopers were looking for.

Lake City Police were the first to arrive at the store and, while holding the truck and the apparent driver and passenger for FHP, conducted a search.

Officials said the male suspect was carrying $2,419 in cash, 12 methadone pills, 15 oxycodone pills and six alprazolam pills as well as a bag containing what appeared to be cocaine residue.

The female suspect reportedly had three grams of marijuana, a bag containing what appeared to be cocaine residue, rolling papers and the keys to the truck, FHP said.

FHP officials said the man and the woman denied having been involved in a crash and the man initially gave investigators a fake name. Troopers noted that the man "was obviously impaired," so the Columbia County Sheriff's Office sent a canine unit, which alerted authorities to several areas of the truck, officials said.

Inside the truck, investigators said they found cocaine residue in two containers, 15 bottles of steroids, a small scale, several unused syringes and a Glock 23 handgun.

The man was identified as Isaac Cruz, 28, of Coral Springs.

He was charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, hit and run, obstruction of justice, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cruz was also charged on a warrant for violating his probation in a theft case.

The woman was identified as Shannon Lugo, 32, also of Coral Springs. She was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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