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Man arrested for illegally selling "grills" in Tallahassee

Havana man arrested for illegally making dental grill
Posted at 10:12 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 09:15:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Havana man was arrested for illegally making and fitting a dental grill.

Patrice Louis Delevoe Jr., 23, offered to make an undercover Leon County Sheriff's Office detective a grill for $310, a probable cause affidavit said.

Delevoe is not licensed to provide dental services of any kind, the court document said.

A detective visiting Delevoe's Lobby, 1102 S. Adams St., recorded the offer with a wireless transmitter on July 18, 2018.

The detective agreed to buy a 10kt gold dental cap to fit over the detective's bottom six teeth, paid a $250 deposit and received a receipt.

While at Delevoe's Lobby, the detective watched from the counter as Delevoe make a plaster and spread it into a metal dental tray, a court document said. Then Delevoe had the detective bite down on the dental tray to make an impression of the detective's lower teeth.

After removing the dental tray from the detective's mouth, Delevoe told the detective he would mail the mold elsewhere to have the grill made and it would be ready for pick up at a later date.

On Aug. 14, 2018, the detective returned to Delevoe's Lobby, again wearing a wireless transmitter, and Delevoe bent and manipulated the grill to fit it properly to the detective's mouth. The detective paid the remaining $60 for the grill.

Delevoe was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Thursday for practicing dentistry without a license. Later that day, he was released on a $2,500 bond.