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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
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    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


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


    • 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


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


    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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