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30 Guns, Body Armor, Drugs Taken From St. Pete Home

Officials found 30 firearms, including a fully automatic rifle, two sawed-off shotguns and handguns, along with survival gear, cocaine and marijuana at a tattoo shop owner's home in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Jason Deon Thomas, 31, of St. Petersburg was arrested Thursday morning after police say they found 30 guns, drugs, survival gear and cash inside his home in the 2200 block of 37th St. N.

The St. Petersburg Police Department and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), conducted a joint investigation after receiving a tip about Thomas allegedly selling drugs.

Investigators found 30 guns, including a fully automatic rifle, two sawed-off shotguns, several assault weapons, semi-automatic rifles and handguns, according to a news release.

Thomas' business, JT's The Perfect Tattoo Shop on 34th Street North, was also searched but only boxes of ammunition were found. 

Police also took possession of one suppressor, numerous C- magazines (each one holds one-hundred rounds of ammunition), several bullet resistant vests, one Kevlar body suit, including kneepads and bullet-resistant armbands. They also recovered bullet-resistant helmets and gas masks, numerous survival knives, bug out bags, survival books, and several large boxes of ammunition.

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According to the police report, 9.5 grams of powder cocaine, 216 grams of marijuana and $7,390.00 in cash was also recovered.

"This is a significant arrest that began with a tip from a concerned citizen. This case clearly reinforces the notion that law enforcement needs the public's support to get drug dealers and illegal firearms off the street," said St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon in a news release.

Thomas has been charged federally and made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon, in Tampa, according to St. Petersburg Police.

According to jail records, Thomas is a convicted felon. In 2001, he was charged with Armed Trafficking MDMA, Trafficking in Phenethylamines, Felony Possession of Marijuana and Possession of LSD. In 2012, he was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams.

Anton February 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Investigators found 30 guns, including a fully automatic rifle, two sawed-off shotguns, several assault weapons, semi-automatic rifles and handguns, one suppressor, numerous C- magazines (each one holds one-hundred rounds of ammunition), >> Good, go after the people that have these illegal weapons, fully automatic, sawed off shotguns, etc. and leave the legal honest gun owners alone. A sawed off shotgun is what started the Ruby Ridge incident with Randy Weaver and the BATF when they shot and killed Vikki Weaver while she was holding her infant baby and shot and killed her teenage son the day before. This is what legal gun owners are affraid of, gov. egencies like the BATF coming in with guns blazing shooting first and asking questions later.
tjmoose February 09, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Im sorry Dharma, I can not understand anything you are trying to say here. Please edit and repost if you want to be heard.
tjmoose February 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM
@Another...This has been my contention since day one. I am retired Law Enforcement and my wife is still LE. I have my CCW permit and I carry every day everywhere I go. We have guns, we have children, we have no problems with that situation. People selling, trading, or giving their guns to people should be held accountable for doing so. In my opinion, by charging them as a principal accessory to any crimes comitted. Likewise, If you do not SECURE your weapons when you are not carrying them and they fall into the wrong hands you should be held accountable. By SECURE, I mean a locked gun safe that only you can unlock and open. As a Deputy Sheriff, I had a gun lockbox welded in my trunk. That was the ONLY exception. If you are away on vacation, at work, in the shower, and your weapons are stolen you will, upon discovering the theft, be able to show the police that you had done everything possible to responsibly own and thus secure your weapons. Your dresser drawer, a glass gun case, your glove compartment ARE NOT SECURE.
mike February 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Convicted felon in poession, full auto, and sawed off's? that should be enough to lock him up forever but id bet there will be a plea and reduced charges, 10 yrs ,maybe? thats why criminals ignore laws they know in the so called interest of a sure conviction and saving the cost of a trial he will get off easy,, and why the panic over body armor? that is just media hype,,,
Wyatt Bronx February 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I really cannot believe that you folks do not understand what Dharma is saying. He is confused because he believes that a person is protected by the 2nd amendment . He is asking why the perp was not protected by the second amendment . He wants to know if it is because the perp had too many guns for one person to own, were his rights trampled on, and that his prior record for possession was more serious in his prior arrest than the perp is being charged with now.He is also saying that the Police are not explaining as to why the perp is being arrested, because he believes his rights should be protected under the second amendment. Very clear to me. Thank You very good.
J.H. February 09, 2013 at 10:58 PM
You are rambling dude, stay off the drugs. Give up your firearms. Stay safe.
Robert Harris February 09, 2013 at 11:01 PM
If memory serves me right they fould the same thing in Al Gores sons car. Los Angeles in 2000 stopped in Prius for going 100 miles per hour (did not know they could go that fast). Drugs ,Ammo,Weapons all automatic with high capacity mags.Seems someone has forgotten this event.
Oto Be Sane1 February 09, 2013 at 11:41 PM
He ONLY had 30? My gun room would probably scare you to death! Of course, I don't have anything fully automatic, nor do I have anything to do with drugs.
Bigbe February 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Dharma, please go gack to Greg. The man is a convicted felon so he can't have firearms. It's ''TOO'' many not ''to'' and if he has ''bare'' arms instead of the right to ''bear'' arms, who cares. Right? Other than a couple dozen captilization, spelling and punctuation errors, You seem to have made your point.
Bigbe February 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Every gun which is owned by a felon has been obtained illegally. The problem I have with the gun lobby is they say the crimes are all commited by illegal guns so we don't need to cut down on the number of LEGAL guns without admitting that nearly EVERY one of those guns was once LEGAL. You can't arm a person legally then as soon as that person commits an illegal act say it was commited by an illegal gun. The first illegal use of that gun was commited by a legal gun owner.
Donna February 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM
@ Another Poetlake- Send that poem to POTUS for support of his anti gun plan. From the manufacturer firearms travel to the distributors who ship them to FFLs. Legit FFLs, transfer the weapons to customers. What happens after that transfer is the focus of your question. When a weapon is "lost/stolen," agencies who want to know, trace the paper trail, from buyer to FFL and back to the source. How do you protect someone from a homicidal maniac like in Connecticut, who committed matricide to get his weapons? Currently there is no enforced law against "Stupid" who leaves his things in the car, or in a poorly constructed cabinet ripe for theft. The weapons of Mr. Thomas were, doubtless, part of the 39.5% of crime guns acquired from friends and family, the 37% from the street, or the 10% acquired from theft. Please don't blame the "gunshow loopholes" as they provide about 1.9% of crime guns. About 13% come from straw purchases at dealers. These facts are from the Department of Justice.Law enforcement agencies nationwide are undermanned and underfinanced.They do the best they can with the resources available. Ever hear about filing off the serial numbers, Sir? criminals operate without regard for anything!
Donna February 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM
BATFE (explosives)
Chris Lina February 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I'll bet lapierre is defending his rights.
Donna February 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
@ Chris Lina- Wayne is defending the rights of all lawful firearms owners.
Jeramiah Johnson February 10, 2013 at 01:38 AM
if the guns are secured (like a locked gunsafe) , how does one get to them quickly if the need arises - like in the case of a break-in. then there is the flip side, how do you not keep them locked up, if you have young children at home.
Donna February 10, 2013 at 02:36 AM
@Jeramiah Johnson - Sir, you are permitted to wear your sidearm at all times while on your property even without a CWP.Teach your children what a firearm is and what it can do.
Another Poetlake February 10, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Donna, Congress funds the agencies responsible for law enforcement & over the years has allowed loopholes to become part of their gun bills in attempt to assuage the pro/anti gun sides at the same time. A tricky game but they pulled it off for the most part & have made the one side feel that laws were passed while making the other side feel the laws were ineffective. Lobbyists & politicians have contributed greatly to this situation. Also, if only .05% of illegal gun usage starts at a gun show loophole or any where else it is .05% too many. TYVM.
Frank J. Austin February 10, 2013 at 06:06 AM
shut up already Donna. You are probably one of the intellectuals who call a magazine a "clip" FYI, the " E " was added to BATF just a short time ago. It was the BATF for many decades before then. What difference does it make anyway ? Please don't call the POLIC on me for making this post...
Robert Elkpony February 10, 2013 at 07:31 AM
ok yes why shocked iam not-- uncle is a cop lololol-- he probably has class lll perments -- fully automatic rifle is a assault weapon you can buy one most start around 10,000 and up if you can pass paper work and pay the money for class lll tag -- two sawed-off shotguns if you can pass all paper work and have the money and have AOW license tag yes you can if you have the money and pass paper work-- you can have a tank -- it show's not many really know much- another rancher up from me has apache chopper and Russian MiG --this retarThomas is a convicted felond couldn't buy a 22lr from walmart by law he cant even be in someone's car with weapons the owner of car just got a Felony-- if he was in someone's house who Owens weapons owner just got Felony there are lot's of more law's it's funny guess no one reads the real papers so dharma only gave a little cut down not many under stand short hand she broke down around close to 30 and more papers from atf- FBI--mls papper's --people need to read the real laws -- everyone be happy and please stay safe
Jackass February 10, 2013 at 01:18 PM
You gun nuts....(and you are nuts when it comes to them)...are scary....we have to have some control....
Todd February 10, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Define a gun nut and tell me what sort of control you think will work. The gun laws/control worked in CT. The perp tried to get a gun legally and decided not to wait for the back round check so he stole them. If a criminal wants a gun, he/she will get a gun. Same as drugs and anything else. Calling legal gun owners 'gun nuts' is as nuts as the person labeling them in this way(Jackass comes to mind too). I can't wait to hear what you consider to be a 'gun nut'. So, us 'gun nuts' who never commit crimes/gun crimes are nuts and scary but you have no similar fear of those who possess them illegally and run the streets like rogue Rambo with dope packs to sell?
Really? February 10, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I think some of you are just naive and have no "street smarts " If someone was so inclined they could buy as many guns as they wanted on any given day in st pete ! or any other town for that matter .No matter what their felony record , period ! Jason just didn't think he would get caught and if you met him you would have never thought he had all those weapons but he did and will now spend a considerable amount of time in jail , Just goes to show you your friends will turn you in too save their own skin . Another good reason not to get involved with drugs or illegal guns !
JT Lawrence February 10, 2013 at 08:04 PM
The guy was a convicted felon. He had no right to bear arms nor drugs. In other words, he had absolutly no right have any guns, bullets, silencers, full automatic or sawed-off shotguns. He forfitted those rights in 2001 when he was busted for transporting dope. A good bust and hopefully this clown won't see the streets ever again.
JT Lawrence February 10, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I wish people that leave comments on here would actually use thier eyeballs and read the damned article. A bunch of idiots on here think the guys second amendment rights were violated. The guy is a 'CONVICTED FELON'. He can not own ANY firearms ever again in his miserable life. He was also in possession of of a full automatic rifle (Illegal-unless registered Class 3), a couple of sawed-off shotgun (Also illegal unless registered Class 3 or AOW). Which is why ATF is involved. A good bust by the cops and hopefully the idiot dope-dealing-gun-peddelling moron goes to jail for a long time.
Barry Hays February 10, 2013 at 08:32 PM
All cops suck.............
Donna February 10, 2013 at 09:37 PM
@ Frank Austin- Sir, though your post is hilarious, your best writing does not occur at 1:06 a.m. I am sorry for your insomnia! I haven’t heard “Shut up,” since elementary school days. Thank you for recognizing my intellect, though it appears to be a bitter thorn to you. There is no harm in edifying others with knowledge. I found it interesting that the BATFE is now known as such. Perhaps, you have forgotten the well known aphorism about making assumptions. You have no idea what it is that I know regarding anything. I do know which weapon today takes the antiquated “clip.” Do you, Sir? I won’t be calling the POLIC(sic) as I don’t know what you are trying to say. Go back to sleep.
Torrey Craig February 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Patriot - did you see where the article said the subject is a convicted felon? Do you think he owned them legally? I'd guess a sawed off shot gun was almost by definition illegal, what do you guess?
NSDQ47G February 14, 2013 at 04:56 PM
It's staggering how some of you come to the defense of a white trash, drug-dealing scumbag that shouldn't be able to own these weapons. See folks: background checks don't stop criminals from obtaining guns. That's why I choose to carry a sidearm in a law-abiding civilian capacity-- to protect myself from any encounters with aforementioned scumbag drug dealer.
Todd February 14, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Yeah? Until you need one....idiot.
NSDQ47G February 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Spoken like a true scumbag.

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