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ST. PETERSBURG — The investigation that stretched from Florida to California resulted in the arrest of a significant number drug distributors  The seizure, a hidden stash  containing more than 200 pounds of marijuana worth close to $1.15 million in the resell market, authorities said Friday.

Vice and narcotics detectives were aware of the  24-year-old Vaughn “Nino Breeze” Matthews’ involvement in illegal drugs since February 2015, said Barney Morris, butt the information came from postal inspectors in Los Angeles,

which granted them a search warrant after investigators received a tip Matthews was storing large quantities of marijuana at his apartment at 871 Ibis Walk Place N., St. Petersburg. When officers entered the apartment on June 23, they found 23 pounds of high-grade hydroponic marijuana in the kitchen cabinets, packaged to sell; three guns and $87,000 in cash.

“This is a guy that was very low key, just stayed off the radar,” Chief Anthony Holloway said at a Friday news conference. “ Not somebody that you’re going to see out in the street every day.”

imagesMatthews was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and being a felon in possession of a firearm, jail records show. He was released the next day on $15,000 bail.


Holloway called Matthews a significant marijuana distributor in the community, and said the bust will help the department remove large amounts of the drug from the streets.

Police have been aware of Matthews for some time, Holloway said, but this investigation was the first time investigators were able to link him with drugs, which he was receiving in large quantities, along with cash, through the mail from Los Angeles. Co-conspirators in Los Angeles and in the Tampa Bay area are likely to face arrest, the chief said. Prior to his arrest last month, Matthews served nine months in prison on grand theft and burglary charges in 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections.

“We don’t want this person in our community,” Holloway said.

Detectives continued their investigation in recent weeks as shipments of cash and marijuana continued to arrive at Matthews’ apartment, the last arriving earlier this week. Police were able to identify a total of about 230 pounds of marijuana and $168,800 in cash associated with Matthews’ operation, police said.

EP-160429123The total amount of marijuana that police have recovered has a street value of about $1.15 million, investigators said. Police also seized a watch from Matthews valued at $55,000. Cracking down on distributors, rather than local sellers, is one of the most effective ways police can keep drugs off the streets and out of St. Petersburg’s neighborhoods.

“When you take out that street level person, they’re going to be replaced the next day by three or four other people,” Holloway said. “We’re trying to go after the people that are bringing these drugs into our community. We don’t want that low-hanging fruit.”

Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said the bust was an example of what happens when police and members of the community work together toward a common goal.

“Your tips make a difference,” she said. “It helps us reclaim our community.”

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Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash



Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar who won five championships with the team and was often compared to Michael Jordan, died Sunday in a helicopter crash. He was 41.

Officials confirm to Variety that Bryant was a passenger on board a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles County suburb of Calabasas.

TMZ first reported the news.

Bryant was allegedly traveling in his own private helicopter when it crashed. At least three other people were killed.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant was widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. He was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 and went on to win two gold medals with the USA Men’s Basketball team in 2008 and 2012.

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy Award for his short film, “Dear Basketball.”

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YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Desert Sage” Surfaces With Reflective Stripe



Following a first look, we now have a closer look at the reflective stripe found on the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Desert Sage.”

The upcoming colorway features a tonal sage green Primeknit upper accented by a reflective woven post-dyed monofilament side stripe running along the center portion of the lateral side. Drawing from the color elements associated with MA-1 bomber jackets, the shoe features matching weaved laces and a contrasting orange sockliner. Elevating the shoe is a matching encapsulated full-length BOOST sole unit with a gum rubber outsole segment.

Rumored to be priced at $220 USD, the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Desert Sage” is set to release sometime Spring 2020 and take a closer look at the reflective stripe below.

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Colby Covington Attends Miami Heat Game Alongside Lil Pump



Covington suffered his first defeat since 2015 when he was TKO’d by Kamaru Usman in the fifth round of their back-and-forth welterweight title fight at UFC 245 earlier this month.

“Chaos” has not been active on social media much since but in a recent Instagram story, he was seen courtside at Miami Heat game along with rapper Lil Pump.

Covington was in good spirits and looked healthy overall other than a stitch below his right eye. If you recall, Covington notably suffered a broken jaw during his fight with Usman.

But that doesn’t appear to be a problem anymore based on the Instagram story, at least.

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When it coms to returning to the Octagon, Covington is itching to compete again according to his manager and American Top Team owner Dan Lambert:

“He is a 10 out of 10 as far as what I would hope his mindset would be after a fight like that,” Lambert said. “He wants to get right back in. He wants to get right back into training. He wants to get back into training as soon as he’s ready health wise. He wants to get back and prove that he’s the best.”

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