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Slain Florida fire performer sold drugs, authorities say

October 31, 2020 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A slain Florida fire performer was a prolific seller of illegal drugs, authorities say in court documents.

Investigators in Tampa say after 31-year-old Jared Asa Semp was killed in September they found drugs including psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD tabs and THC wax. They also found $25,000 in cash.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Semp was a performance artist who had done fire shows, using flames to create stunning visual displays.

A witness told police that an an unidenfitied person shot Semp in his chest on Sept. 24 and fled.

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Semp lived in the home with three other people. They all told investigators that Semp was a drug dealer and that he had sold from the home the day of the shooting.

No arrests have been made in Semp’s killing. A judge granted the Tampa Police Department’s request to seize the money in a forfeiture proceeding.