News: Real-Life 'Spring Breakers' Rapper Arrested: "He's Not A Role Model Anyone Should Be Looking Up To"
Monday, Nov 11, 2013 10:02AM
The rapper responsible for inspiring actor James Franco's character in this year's Spring Breakers movie has reportedly been arrested in Florida on drug charges.
According to reports, the arrest went down heading into the weekend.
A local rapper who inspired James Franco's performance in the Pinellas County-based movie Spring Breakers was arrested on drug charges Friday, Pinellas Park police reported. Russell Allen Curry, 27, was arrested on charges of marijuana sale and possession. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $20,150 bail. Pinellas Park police said they received information in September that several people were dealing drugs "with a great deal of frequency" at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th Street N. Police began an investigation that led to Curry's arrest Friday. Two other people also were arrested on various drug charges: Corey Devonshire, 28, and Jimmy Jones, 42. (Tampa Bay Times)
The local police department has already released a statement on the arrest.
"The arrest of Curry is another example that the fantasy portrayed by the movie is an exaggeration as Curry is just another low level drug dealer," police said in a news release. "Curry is not a role model that anyone should be looking up to." (Tampa Bay Times)
Despite the notable arrest, an investigation in the area is still reportedly taking place.
The arrest was part of a multi-division investigation with the St. Petersburg Police Department that began in September. The Pinellas Park Police Department received information that several residents were dealing drugs at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th St. N., according to a release from the police department. The investigation is still ongoing, as several residents believed to be involved in the deals have not been located. Corey Devonshire, 28, and Jimmy Jones, 42, were also arrested on related drug charges Friday. (The Tampa Tribune)
Prior to Spring Breakers hitting theaters last March, Franco linked with Curry to mold his on-screen character.
Franco spent time with Curry, known as Dangeruss, in preparation to play the character named Alien, a rapper and drug dealer who befriends a group of girls in town for spring break. (NBC Miami)
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