Pinellas Park Man Accused in Drug, Firearms Crimes
As a convicted felon, he is banned from having firearms, the U.S. attorney says.
TAMPA – A Pinellas Park man has been charged in connection with drug and firearm-related offenses, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida said.
Jack Bradley Rice, 35, od Pinellas Park, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Rice faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
According to the complaint, between January and March, Rice, who is a convicted felon, distributed narcotics from a motel in Pinellas Park. On March 28, Rice was seen leaving the motel and placing several bags and a backpack inside his vehicle. A search of his car later revealed two firearms, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Later that night, agents executed a search warrant at Rice’s house. From inside a bedroom wall, they recovered an AR-15 rifle and a 100-round drum, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition. The agents said they also found a bulletproof vest, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia, including a hydraulic press.
A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
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