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Leesburg man charged with giving false name, possessing meth

Thomas James Falzone
Thomas James Falzone

A 22-year-old Leesburg man gave a false name to police while being arrested on drug charges Saturday morning.

A Leesburg police officer responded to the area of Fairfax Street after the report of a man displaying a knife in a threatening manner to the manager of a local motel. The officer spoke with a man – eventually identified as Thomas Jane Falzone, of 1713 Indian Trail – who matched the description of the suspect, according to the police report.

Falzone denied the allegations, although the officer observed an elongated object concealed in his right sock. Falzone told the officer his name was Tonii J. Lucero and provided a birth date of June 7, 2000. He spelled out the name and the officer read the spelling back to him, but dispatch was unable to find a record of anyone with that name, the report said.

Falzone eventually provided his correct name and was placed under arrest. The officer searched him as part of the arrest process and found three syringes and a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

Falzone was charged with giving a false ID to law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to UF Health Hospital after complaining of chest pains and nausea, and later transported to the Lake County Jail, the report said.

Falzone is being held on $4,000 bond and awaits an Aug. 8 appearance in Lake County Court.

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