Middle Keys mom gets arrested hours after her daughter gets arrested

rmccarthy@keynoter.comMarch 22, 2014 

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Middle Keys resident Cassandra Curry.

The 43-year-old was arrested on March 4 for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a credit card from her then-employer, Domenic Lopardo of DRL Landscaping in Marathon, and using it 49 times to rack up more than $14,000 in charges over 30 days in December and January.

Curry was arrested again on Tuesday when police discovered a bag of marijuana, digital scale, three glass pipes and a homemade grow room inside her Gulfstream Boulevard home in Marathon.

Curry's Tuesday arrest occurred only because Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies went to her house to collect evidence related to an alleged crime committed earlier that day by Curry's 17-year-old daughter.

The tally from both the elder Curry's arrests: Two felony fraud charges, one felony tampering with evidence charge and eight misdemeanor drug possession (not more than 20 grams) and paraphernalia charges. That total doesn't include one felony and one misdemeanor Curry's daughter faces.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Lopardo told them on Feb. 2 that Curry had applied for the credit card without his knowledge, using his name and personal information. She admitted to receiving the card and charging about $14,710 on it.

Police say Curry gave the card to Lopardo on Jan. 31 "and apologized for her actions." She was arrested for felony use of personal identification information and felony fraudulent use of a credit card. 

Tuesday, police say, Curry's daughter admitted to stealing her friend's debit card and using it three times that morning to withdraw $280 from the friend's Bank of America account.

Police arrived at Curry's house to collect the cash around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and "immediately smelled the odor [of] marijuana emitting from within the home."

Police asked Curry where the marijuana was and she produced a glass pipe from her daughter's room, saying she had moved it there before allowing the police inside.

Questioned further, Curry produced a bag of marijuana and eventually consented to police searching the house, according to the Sheriff's Office. They found the scale and two more pipes, among other paraphernalia, as well as the makeshift grow-room equipment in a laundry room.

Curry told police she "did purchase the equipment and attempted to grow marijuana and also tomatoes."

Curry was arrested and taken to the Marathon jail. She has since been released.

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