Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-156

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 23, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Search Warrant Yields 7 Kilos Of Cocaine

    Estimated street value of cocaine is $300,000.00.
    • Friday
    • March 20, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 8303 Ash Avenue
    • Tampa

    Suspects:


    Willie Johnson
    DOB: 4-15-72
    3107 E. 29th Avenue
    Tampa

    Charges:

    • Trafficking in Cocaine (7 counts)
    • Possession of Cocaine
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Driving While License Suspended
    (Booking Photo Not Available)
    Derrick Willis
    DOB: 7-10-78
    8303 Ash Avenue
    Tampa

    Charges:

    • Trafficking in Cocaine (2 counts)
    • Possession on Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
    • Obstructing or Opposing an Officer
    • Driving While License Suspended (4 counts)

    Details:

    On March 20, 2015, Special Investigation Division detectives concluded an eleven month narcotics investigation with the assistance of SWAT, Tampa Police Department and District Four deputies by conducting a buy/bust and two separate court authorized search warrants. Detectives conducted a buy/bust operation for a half kilogram (504 grams) of powder cocaine which resulted in the arrest of Willie Johnson. During the operation, SWAT executed a search warrant at 8303 Ash Avenue in Tampa. Prior to entry, detectives observed the homeowner, Derrick Willis flee on foot and apprehended him after a brief foot pursuit. During a search of the residence, detectives located a large amount of cocaine packaged for sale, along with $2,665.00 in currency. Detectives also seized a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 which was valued at $5,500.00. Detectives then responded to the Metro Self Storage located at 10813 Boyette Road in Riverview and executed a court authorized search warrant on the unit being rented by Derrick Willis. Once inside the storage unit, detectives recovered a large amount of powder cocaine along with cutting agent and several kilo presses. Estimated street value of cocaine is $300,000.00.


     
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