Undercover Investigation Results in Arrest and Seizure of $10,370 and Various Illegal Narcotics

SARASOTA, FL. – April 24, 2017   – 8:30 a.m.

Undercover officers with the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit have arrested Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton.  Butler, who lived in Sarasota, recently moved to Bradenton and was returning to his original address in the City of Sarasota to make numerous illegal narcotics sales.

During various undercover operations over the course of several weeks, Sarasota Police officers learned Butler was selling illegal narcotics in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Sarasota.  During an operation on April 18, 2017, officers observed Butler in the 1900 block of 5th Street.  Officers made contact with Butler, who was alone in the vehicle which was registered to him, and found him in possession of baggies of powder and rock cocaine, various prescription pills and U.S. currency including:

·       $10,370 in U.S. currency

·       75 pieces of rock cocaine weighing approximately 10 grams

·       19 bags of powder cocaine weighing approximately 15 grams

·       53 dosage units of Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 8mg (Schedule II narcotic)

·       45 dosage units and 3 broken pieces of Buprenorphine 8mg (Schedule III narcotic)

·       1 dosage unit of Oxycodone 30mg

·       41 syringes

Butler was arrested and is charged with:

·       Trafficking in Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 4-14 grams (Felony)

·       Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Deliver within 1000 feet of Gillespie Park (Felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance (Buprenorphine) with Intent to Sell/Deliver (Felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) (Felony)

·       Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)

“Butler had a large customer base in the City of Sarasota and was a supplier to many homeless individuals in and around the downtown areas,” said Sergeant Rob Armstrong, Criminal Investigations Division.  “He provided syringes to his buyers and users during sales.  This is a major arrest in the continuing effort to keep the City of Sarasota safe.” 

Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton

Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton