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He was high when he called 911 to report a Sarasota home invasion, police say

A Sarasota man dialed 911 to report a false home invasion — all while he was under the influence of drugs, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Austin Stuenkel, 22, called police Monday night to report that people were running through his home and backyard.

When police arrived around 11 p.m., Stuenkel led them inside his home where "they noticed several narcotics and paraphernalia often used to sell narcotics, in plain view."

After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement on Tuesday morning found Stuenkel had 45 grams of cocaine, more than 3,000 Xanax pills, 3,800 grams of marijuana and "various synthetic drugs and more prescription pills," the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said. Other substances were taken to a drug lab for further review.

Stuenkel faces 11 charges, including trafficking in cocaine; four counts of Possession of a Prescription with Intent to Sell; four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Other charges are still pending as he’s being held in police custody without bail.

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