Archer Men Arrested in Drug Buy Bust in Bronson

MEDIA RELEASE     Date:                October 25, 2012 Time:                10:15 AM   On October 24, 2012 members of the Drug Task Force arrested Leroy Brown Jr. and John Edward Blair during a buy bust operation.  Both men were charged with numerous felony charges.   Sergeant Jay Bolton with Chiefland Police Department and a member of the Drug Task Force Unit had a confidential source make a control phone call to Leroy Brown for the purpose of buying narcotics.  The suspects live in Archer and agreed to sell an ounce of powder cocaine and a shotgun to the source for $1,350 dollars.  Brown and Blair agreed to meet at the entrance of Blue Springs Park to conduct the drug deal.    Upon the men arriving they informed the confidential source they did not have an ounce of cocaine or the shotgun,, but they did have two eight balls which is commonly known as a ¼ of an ounce of powder cocaine.  After the suspects and confidential source haggled about the price the confidential source purchased the eight balls of cocaine for $300.00.   After the drug deal the suspects left in their brown Buick sedan and a felony traffic stop was conducted. The suspects were overwhelmed with Drug Agents, Patrol deputies and a K-9 team and they surrender without incident.   During the arrest it was discovered that Blair had over 43 grams of marijuana in his pants pocket which led to additional charges.  An inventory of the vehicle yielded over 4 grams of crack cocaine and 12 grams of marijuana.   Defendants:   Leroy Brown Jr. 17525 SW SR 45 Archer, Fl. B/M, 12/30/1992 Charges:  Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a park                   Conspiracy to sell Cocaine                   Possession of Marijuana with intent to sell                   Possession of Crack Cocaine with intent to sell                   Unlawful use of a two-way communication device   John Edward Blair 17300 SW 129 Ave Archer, Fl B/M, 07/09/1986 Charges:  Sale Cocaine within 1000 feet from a park                   Possession powder Cocaine with intent to sell within 1000′ from a park                   Conspiracy to sell Cocaine                   Possession of Marijuana with intent to sell within 1000′ feet from a park                   Possession Crack Cocaine with intent to sell within 1000′ from a park                   Possession of Marijuana                   Unlawful use of a two-way communication device                   Driving While License Revoked (Habitual Offender)       ###


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