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Spring Hill woman smuggled marijuana into jail, deputies say

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A Spring Hill woman being booked into the Hernando County jail on DUI charges Friday night received an additional charge when a deputy found a bag of marijuana in her pants pocket, authorities said.

"Oh, that's my marijuana," said Nicole Toro, according to an arrest affidavit.

Toro, 40, was initially arrested on a driving under the influence charge. Toro was pulled over after she nearly hit a sheriff's office patrol car while making a sharp turn driving south on Mariner Boulevard, deputies said. The Toro failed to signal when turning on Northcliffe Boulevard, the affidavit shows, and swerved over the center line in the road and nearly hit a curb.

She gave up on a series of field sobriety exercises, the report shows, and was taken to the jail.

Toro later admitted to smoking marijuana, taking pain medication and drinking two beers earlier in the day, deputies said.

When deputies found the 4.4 grams of marijuana on her person, she was arrested on an additional charge of introducing contraband into a detention facility.

She also received citations for driving under the influence, careless driving and not using a turn signal.

She was released on $2,500 bail Saturday morning.

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