By Steve Elliott
Denise Gentile, 53, the twin sister of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was reportedly arrested in Florida in January for marijuana possession. The bust is making news as Gentile's pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 25.
Gentile was busted after police staked out a suspected drug house in Tampa, reports Sami K. Martin at the Christian Post. She was seen leaving the house and was pulled over by police.
When street cop Terrence Nemeth searched her car, he found nine blunts containing marijuana. Gentile told him she didn't know how the cigars had gotten into her car, and reportedly showed physical signs of intoxication.
Gentile blew a .119 and a .124 on two alcohol breathalyzer tests, significantly higher than Florida's .08 legal limit. She was arrested, charged with DUI, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and failure to yield.
Gentile, of Clearwater, is a well-known Scientologist herself, but the fact that her twin brother is leader of the Church of Scientology gives her much more public prominence, and also subjects her to scorn by the church, which strictly prohibits the use of any "drugs."
The church guidebook What Is Scientology? flatly states: "Scientologists are ... drug-free (none at all use illegal street drugs)."
The Church of Scientology says "The Truth About Drugs" materials, translated into 17 languages, are now being distributed in more than 180 countries.