Riverview Man Charged in Haines City Drug Bust
He was arrested with three Haines City residents in connection with the sale or possession of methamphetamine, Haines City police said.
HAINES CITY – A Riverview man was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 27) during a drug bust by the Haines City Police Department.
Richard Clifton Mason, 37, of Riverview, was charged with one count each of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cannabis Possession Not More Than 20 grams. Also arrested were three Haines City residents, Francis Alan Chisholm, 37; Richard Clifton Mason, Holly Baker, 26: and Sierra Ashmore, 31.
Chisolm was charged with Trafficking Amphetamines Over 28 Grams, Maintaining a Residence for Trafficking, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Officers said Baker told them she was only smoking marijuana. During a body search, police said, small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine were found on located. Baker was charged with Possession of
Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana under 20 Grams, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Police said officers searched a Kia SUV belonging to Ashmore. Officers said they found a small amount of meth and paraphernalia. Ashmore was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Posession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All four suspects have criminal histories related to either property and/or violent crime, according to officers.
Chisholm’s past crimes include written threats to kill, multiple incidents of domestic battery including felony charges and armed burglary among other charges.
Mason’s past includes multiple charges for possession of cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia in addition to burglary and multiple cases of dealing in stolen property and grand theft among other charges. Baker was previously arrested in connection for resisting a merchant and resisting arrest without violence. Ashmore was arrested in 2014 in connection with domestic violence.
The four were arrested after officers executed a search warrant at Chisolm’s home on S First Street.
Police surrounded the home early Wednesday morning before making entry and finding more than 135 ounces of liquid methamphetamine placed in two bongs. Police said they also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“I’m so proud of the men and women who worked this case,” police Chief Jim Elensky said. “From gathering intelligence to obtaining the warrant to ultimately making the arrests, this was outstanding police work.”
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