Monday, March 19, 2012

Drug Raid in Bronson Nets 6 Arrest


Date: March 19, 2012

Time: 11:35 AM

On March 16, 2012 the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force executed a search warrant and arrested six drug dealers and users.

Prior to the drug raid Agents bought methamphetamine from Richard Pearson at 10530 NE 73rd Lane in Bronson. Agents obtained a search warrant from Honorable Tim Browning and members of the Drug Task Force and Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division executed the warrant shortly after 7 PM.

Richard Alan Pearson, 46, Bronson, Fl. was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, resist arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. During the raid there were numerous individuals on the property who ran and attempted to conceal and throw drugs on the ground. Richard Pearson lived in a motor home on the property and he had a surveillance camera that would allow him to observe anyone on the property. Pearson attempted to run and was tackled by Drug Agents. Inside the motor home Agents seized methamphetamine, oxycodone and cannabis that belonged to Pearson.

Brook Brittingham, 31, Webster, Fl was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (Viagra pills, Xanax) and possession of drug paraphernalia (pipe).

Albert Anthony Massa Jr., 57, Bronson, Fl was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Massa attempted to run and was tackled by Agents. Massa had crystal methamphetamine in his back pocket and in his right hand had $ 108.00 in cash.

Michael Dwayne Douglas, 51, Bronson, Fl. was arrested for tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Douglas upon seeing Agents immediately threw down a multi color glass pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. Douglas admitted that the pipe belonged to him and he smokes marijuana.

While Agents were searching the property a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo pulled in the driveway. Agents immediately confronted the occupants in the truck and identified the driver as Crystal Fontenot, 34, Belleview, Fl., passengers John Williams, 24, Belleview, Fl. and Gidget Marie Temperato, 44, Ocala, Fl. Inside the truck on the floor board were 24 oxycodone pills wrapped in a napkin. In the driver's seat Detectives located a pill bottle in the name of Crystal Fontenot for oxycodone, 30 milligrams. The pill bottle was filled on Friday, March 16, 2012 for 150 pills and only had 12 pills remaining in the bottle.

The investigation revealed that the driver, Crystal Fontenot, 34, Belleview, Fl. sold twenty-five oxycodone pills to John Henry Williams. Williams purchased the oxycodone pills for $450.00. Upon detaining Fontenot she allegedly had a medical issue and Levy County EMS was summons to the scene. Fontenot was transported to a local hospital and a sworn complaint has been filed for one count selling/distributing a controlled substance. A decision was made to file a sworn complaint where the Levy County tax payers did not have to pay for Fontenot's medical treatment. Williams was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. Temperato was in possession of a black zip bag that contained a methamphetamine glass pipe and a straw. Temperato was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Major Evan Sullivan recommends the trio to receive the Darwin Award for being the "Dumbest Criminals". While Sheriff vehicles were at the scene and Agents with flashlights searching the property the trio pulled in the driveway and was greeted with a friendly smile.


Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
Cell: 352-577-4218