Boca Raton Man Charged With Concealing Weapon, Contributing To Delinquency Of A Minor

Thomas Covella, courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

Thomas Covella, courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Three men, including Thomas Covella, 18,  from Boca Raton, are facing weapons and “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” charges after an evening of getting high in West Boca hit a low point.

Here is the text of the affidavit of probable cause filed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office:

ON THE ABOVE DATE AND TIME I WAS DISPATCHED TO 10845 PALM SPRINGS DRIVE UNINCORPORATED BOCA RATON FLORIDA 33428 IN REFERENCE TO A SUSPICIOUS VAN OCCUPIED MULTIPLE TIMES. UPON ARRIVAL I USED MY SPOT LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE A BLUE MINI VAN AND SAW FOUR WHITE MALES SITTING IN THE VAN.

TWO MALES SEATED IN THE FRONT WERE LATER IDENTIFIED AS THOMAS COVELLAO, 4/21/1995, DRIVERS SEAT, AND JOSEPH M LUTZ, 05/07/1995 WAS IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT.

IN THE BACK BEHIND THE DRIVER SEAT WAS WHITE MALE JUVENILE LATER IDENTIFIED As (juvenile), AND REAR PASSENGER SIDE WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS RAFAEL I. JUAREZ 11/17/1994.

I APPROACHED THE VAN BEARING FLORIDA TAG AND SPOKE TO THE DRIVER THROUGH HIS OPEN WINDOW THOMAS STATED THAT NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS LIVED IN THE AREA AND THEY WERE PARKED THERE TO “HANG OUT”

I COULD IMMEDIATELY SMELL THE ODOR OF BOTH SMOKED AND FRESH MARIJ’UANA EMMITING FROM THE VAN’S OPEN WINDOWS. BACK UP DEPUTY RUFFA 9429 ARRIVED AND I HAD THOMAS STEP OUT OF THE VAN FIRST. I SEARCHED THOMAS AND DISCOVERED METAL NUMCHUCKS IN HIS LEFT FRONT POCKET. I HAD ALL OCCUPANTS STEP OUT OF THE VAN AND SEARCHED EACH OF THEM AND RETREIVED IDENTIFICATION FROM EACH. FRONT PASSENGER JOSEPH HAD $527 us CURRENCY SPECIFICALLY FOLDED INTO GROUPS IN HIS WALLET. ON THE FLOOR IN THE VERXl BACK OF THE VAN THERE WAS 1 LARGE WATER BONG, WITH MULTIPLE ATTACHMENTS.

ON THE FLOOR DIRECTLY BESIDE RAFAEL I `TUAREZ (REAR PASSENGER SIDE) ON THE FLOOR BETWEEN HIS DOOR AND SEAT, WAS A MULTI COLORED METAL GRINDER.

IN THE AREA WHERE A MIDDLE CONSOLE WOULD BE (THIS VAN DID NOT HAVE ONE) WAS A CAMMOFLAGUE JANSPORT BACK PACK CONTAINING TIN FOIL, UNMARKED PRESCRIPTION PILL BOTTLE CONTAINING RESIDUE TWO DIMES AND A NICKEL, SCALE COMMONLY USED TO WEIGH MARIJUANA, AND A GALLON SIZED CLEAR PLASTIC ZIP LOC BAGGIE WITH TOTAL PACKAGE WEIGHT OF 75.7 GRAMS OF FRESH MARIJUANA.

AFTER EXPLAINING TO EACH OF THE MALES THAT THEY WERE BEING DETAINED I PLACED RAPHAEL AND NICHOLAS IN THE BACK OF MY PATROL CAR AND READ THEM THEIR MIRANDA WRNING WITH VIDEO RUNNING. NEITHER WANTED TO DISCUSS ANYTHING WITH MYSELF. AFTER I WATCHED MY IN CAR VIDEO IT WAS DETERMINED THROUGH THEIR CONVERSATION THAT “JOEY” WAS THE OWNER OF THE BACK PACK,MARIJUANA, AND SCALE.

THE ABOVE FACTS GIVE ME PROBABLE CAUSE TO ARREST AND CHARGE THOMAS COVELLA WITH POSSESSION OF CONCEALED WEAPON AS PER FSS 790.01(1) ; JOSEPH M. LUTZ WITH POSSESSION W/INTENT TO SELL 893.13(1A2) POSS  PARAPHERNALIA 893.147 (6A) AND RAPHAEL I JUAREZ WITH POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA­ AND ALL THREE ADULTS WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR AS PER FSS 827.04m) .

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