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Homestead Man Busted for Car Theft

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 12:00 am

A 33-year-old Homestead man was arrested Friday for possessing suspected drugs after he was stopped in the Upper Keys for driving a rental car reported stolen out of Miami-Dade County.

David Mirville was charged with grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

The Sheriff’s Office received information that a Toyota Corolla reported stolen by Hertz car rentals in Miami on Dec. 7 was in Monroe County. Detective Ben Elmore spotted the car at 7:37 a.m. near Mile Marker 88. Detective Elmore stopped the car. He was joined by Deputy Bryan Branco shortly thereafter. There were two people in the car. The driver, identified as Mirville, and a 17-year-old passenger.

Mirville told Detective Elmore he rented the car from Hertz, but his friend stole the car from him for a period of time, only to return it recently. A representative from Hertz told Detective Elmore via phone that Mirville rented the car on Oct. 24, that he was to return it on Nov. 7, but never returned it, nor had Mirville paid for the rental. Mirville stated he reported the car stolen to Homestead Police, but they had no such report.

The odor of marijuana was present in the car.  

A search turned up numerous small plastic baggies containing a white, powdery residue, suspected marijuana “shake,” and other evidence of drugs in the car. Two plastic bags in the driver’s side door contained a substance that field tested positive for heroin. Other white, powdery substances were found in the center cup holder.

Mirville was taken to jail, where a plastic bag was found in his pocket that tested positive for methamphetamine.

All the substances are being sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab for testing.

A relative of the juvenile arrived and took custody of the youth.

The juvenile was not charged in the incident.

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