God was busted today.
At high noon.
For selling cocaine. Near a church.
God Lucky Howard, 39, described in jail records as a mortgage broker, was arrested by Tampa police. He was charged with one count each of delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, a school and public housing; one count each of delivery of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, a school and public housing; and two counts of possession of cocaine.
The arrest stems from two previous incidents, according to a criminal report affidavit.
On April 28, police bought 3.4 grams of cocaine from him out of a home at 3812 N. Avon Ave., according to the report. A month later, police served a search warrant on that address and found a safe in the bedroom closet containing three plastic bags with 22.5 grams of cocaine, according to the report. Police also found a digital scale with cocaine residue.
This is not the first time Howard has been arrested.
Four years ago, he was released from state prison, where he served 18 months on a 2003 cocaine charge. He pleaded guilty to a similar charge in 1995.
In an e-mail, Howard's attorney, Alex Stavrou, said he could not immediately comment.
Howard is in the Orient Road Jail on an $86,500 bond, according to jail records.