Two people are under arrest after deputies found methamphetamine and meth-making equipment in tents near Pinecrest Elementary School in Lithia.
Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, whose last known address was 7820 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, armed trespassing on school property, armed trespassing on Hillsborough County property, manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, and unsafe storage of a firearm.
Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, of 9012 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, was charged with trespassing.
At 9:48 a.m. today, Hillsborough County parks deputies checked on a report of people living on park property at 7822 Lithia Pinecrest Road, just west of the school, according to the sheriff’s office. The property is a wooded lot and is closed to the public.
Deputies found two tents and inside were ammunition, one loaded and one unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies removed the firearms and waited nearby.
About 11:35 a.m., Trinity Tucker drove onto the property with Michelle Kolvinsky, his passenger, the sheriff’s office said. Both entered the tents and upon exiting, were met by deputies.
Both were arrested, and Tucker was taken to Orient Road Jail, the sheriff’s office said. Tucker was found in possession of a concealed, loaded automatic handgun and methamphetamine.
Deputies believe he had been living on the property for four to six weeks.
Deputies find guns, meth-making supplies in tents near Lithia school
LITHIA – Deputies said they found two tents in a park near a Lithia school, and that those tents contained guns, ammunition and the materials used to make methamphetamine.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were investigating a complaint about people living in a closed park near Pinecrest Elementary School on Thursday when they discovered the tents shortly before 10 a.m.
The tents contained ammunition, a loaded rifle, an unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products used to make meth, deputies said. The deputies removed the firearms and set up surveillance.
At 11:35 p.m., Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, drove up in a pickup truck with Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, in the passenger seat, and the pair walked into the tents, deputies said.
When Tucker and Kolvinsky came back out, they were greeted by deputies.
Tucker was arrested and taken to Orient Road Jail on multiple drugs and weapons charges. In addition, deputies said he had a concealed loaded weapon and methamphetamine on him at the time of the arrest.
Kolvinsky was trespassed from the property.
Deputies said they believe Tucker was living on the property for anywhere from four to six weeks.