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Palm Harbor Beacon
Man stabbed in botched drug deal
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PALM HARBOR – A Holiday man was arrested for attempted murder in the second degree Feb. 14 after reportedly stabbing a man who sold him fake cocaine.

According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, James Jennings, 18, was charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident that occurred about 1:40 a.m. at an apartment in Palm Harbor.

Deputies responded to a call about an individual being stabbed and rendered aid to Francisco Antonio Caraffa, 20, who had been stabbed multiple times. Bayflight arrived at the scene a short time later and took Caraffa to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that Jennings had sold Caraffa fake narcotics (cocaine) prior to the altercation. At Caraffa’s residence later in the evening, he confronted Jennings about the quality of his drugs. The confrontation escalated and eventually turned physical.

During the brief skirmish, Caraffa thought he had only been punched, then noticed “an exorbitant amount of blood on his clothing,” deputies said. “It turned out he had been stabbed multiple times by Jennings.”

A PCSO K-9 Unit tracked Jennings not far from the original scene and took him into custody without incident. Upon questioning, Jennings admitted to the confrontation but denied stabbing Caraffa. Jennings is being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bond.
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