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Walgreens trespasser charged with meth possession

Christopher C. Emery
Christopher C. Emery

A 35-year-old Mount Dora man with a long rap sheet was arrested on drug charges after being caught trespassing outside a Walgreens store.

Christopher C. Emery, of 1420 Plymouth Ave. in Mount Dora, was charged with trespassing after a warning, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia after the incident, which happened shortly before noon Monday.

Jail records show Emery has been arrested 10 times since 2018 for offenses including using a baseball bat to strike the Goodwill store, trying to break into a pharmacy, and giving a false name to officers during a trespassing investigation.

In the latest incident, a Leesburg police officer doing a security check at Walgreens, located at 1101 U.S. Hwy. 441, saw a man wearing a gray t-shirt with brown cargo shorts standing towards the rear of the store. The officer immediately recognized the man as Emery from previous encounters. The Leesburg Communications Center reported that Emery had been previously trespassed from the store, so he was placed under arrest, according to the police report.

Emery was searched as part of the arrest, and the officer found a clear smoking pipe and a clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance in Emery’s front-left pants pocket. The substance, along with residue from inside the pipe, tested positive for methamphetamine, the report said.

Emery is being held in the Lake County Jail on $4,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on Sept. 27,

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