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Archer men face drug charges

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By The Staff

Two Archer men who made a deal to sell cocaine and a shotgun to a drug task force informant tried the old bait-and-switch routine using crack cocaine and no gun, but they were still arrested on a variety of drug charges Wednesday, Oct. 24, by the Levy County Joint Drug Task Force, according to a Sheriff's Office press release

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Arrested are:

•  Leroy Brown Jr., 20,  on charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell and unlawful use of a two-way communication device and

• John Edward Blair, 26, on charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine, sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of powder cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of marijuana and crack cocaine with intent to sell  within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of marijuana, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and driving with a revoked license for habitual offender status. 

According to the release, Chiefland Police Sgt. Jay Bolton, a member of the Drug Task Force Unit, had a confidential source arrange with Brown to purchase an ounce of powder cocaine and a shotgun for $1,350 dollars. The men agreed to meet at the entrance of Blue Springs Park off U.S. Highway 27A to conclude business.  

When Brown and Blair arrived, they told the buyer they did not have the merchandise as promised and instead offered two eight-balls of an ounce of powder cocaine — after which the parties haggled about the price of the eight balls, which were agreed to be bought for $300.

As Brown and Blair left, they were stopped by drug agents, Sheriff's patrol deputies and a K-9 team. The duo surrendered. 

During the arrest officers recovered over 43 grams of marijuana from Blair's pants pocket. A search of the vehicle also recovered over 4 grams of crack cocaine and 12 grams of marijuana.