Students in Knights Circle arrested for hash oil drug bust
Update: On June 10, 2015, the state attorney filed a "No Information Notice" with the court and chose not to pursue charges against Jarod Peraza.
It was announced on Wednesday that UCF Police Department officers arrested three students in a drug bust on May 8.
UCF PD collected more than 100 pieces of evidence and $2500 in cash in an apartment room at Knights Circle, said Courtney Gilmartin, UCF PD public information officer.
A search warrant was carried out by UCF PD, with the initial entry carried out by the Orange County Sheriff's Office Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.
On the scene, officers arrested UCF students David Levine and Gabriel Martinez in the apartment that they shared with a third roommate, who was not present at the time of the arrest.
The roommate's involvement with the case is currently under investigation.
According to the arrest affidavit, Valencia College student Jarod Peraza was found asleep in the living room and was also arrested on scene, charged for the items found in the common area.
Levine, who was found asleep in his bedroom, was arrested on 82 different charges, including possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of hash oil and possession of a stolen driver's license. The other charges were mostly for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Martinez, who was also found asleep in his bedroom, was charged for items found in his bedroom and the common area.
The three residents have all been evicted from their unit since the arrest, Gilmartin said.
Among the items collected, a vacuum oven that was used as a cooking device to manufacture the hash oil was also found, and was in use when Officer Alan Elliot arrived.
Elliot was informed to stand down until the cooking device was rendered safe, according to the arrest affidavit.
According to a UCF PD incident report, police were first tipped off about Levine in November 2014, and a confidential informant provided the department with information about the resident.
The informant told detectives that Levine had a reputation for being the "go-to" in the UCF area for "shatter," or hash oil. Detectives were also provided with Levine's cellphone number, and identified his Instagram username as Dlevitate.
Upon searching the public account, detectives discovered multiple photos of cannabis and hash oil. Detectives matched the photos on the Instagram account with Levine's license information pulled from the Driver and Vehicle Information Database, confirming that the account belongs to Levine.
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back for updates.
Eric Gutierrez is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter @atticus_adrift or email him at EricG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.