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3 Fla. men dress as deputies, rob drug dealer

By Rebecca Blue
The Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON, Fla. Fueled by drug addiction and the need for money, three men announced themselves as Manatee County Sheriff's deputies, handcuffed a 19-year-old they say is a drug dealer and robbed him, Bradenton Police said.

Evan Zappola, of the 200 block of 67th Street in Holmes Beach, was arrested Friday and faces one count of robbery with a firearm and one count of falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to Det. James Curulla.

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