The Special Investigations Unit along with deputies from the Street Crimes Unit conducted phase one of Operation Bassville Park. The operational focus was to target known drug areas and dealers in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal narcotics in the designated area. As a result of the operation, detectives were able to arrest two known drug dealers from the area. An additional illegal narcotics arrest was made from the area for a total of three arrests. Listed below are the arrested parties, what they were charged with, and the circumstances for the arrest.
Nicholas Bradway was charged with DWLS (Habitual Offender), Flee/Elude, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of MDMA, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Suboxone, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Surveillance units observed Bradway driving a silver Acura in the area of operation. Mr. Bradway is known to detectives for illegal narcotics and not having a valid driver’s license. A traffic stop was attempted on Mr. Bradway; however, he refused to stop and fled the area until he crashed into a tree along Carlton Court in Leesburg. Mr. Bradway was secured without incident. Detectives then conducted a search of the car, during which approximately 52 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies containing Fentanyl, Cocaine, MDMA, Hydrocodone pills, Suboxone pills, and numerous amounts of Drug Paraphernalia were located. Mr. Bradway had a one-stop-shop of illegal narcotics, which, based on the number of narcotics and packaging material, are indicative of illegal narcotic sales.
Kyle Vanzant was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to Distribute, Grand theft of Firearm, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A traffic stop was conducted on Mr. Vanzant in the operational area. During the traffic stop, probable cause was developed to search the vehicle that Mr. Vanzant occupied. During the search of the vehicle, detectives located a stolen 9mm Taurus handgun out of Apopka, prepackaged plastic baggies of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Detectives also located a small amount of white powder, which tested positive for Fentanyl and later determined to belong to another individual. The owner of the Fentanyl is still under investigation and an arrest warrant will be obtained at a later time for this individual. The Special Investigations Unit has received numerous complaints about Mr. Vanzant selling illegal narcotics.
Taylor Rigano was charged with Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A traffic stop was conducted on a blue sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation that occurred in the operational area. During the traffic stop, detectives developed probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search, detectives located user amounts of Heroin, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and numerous amounts of used needles and smoking devices. Rigano was transported to the Lake County Jail without incident.
This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.