Suspected drug trafficker charged after trying to buy machine gun

Suspected drug trafficker charged after trying to buy machine gun
Some of the evidence found during Thursday's arrest. (Source: SCSO)

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - A suspected drug trafficker is in jail after he bought a handgun altered to function as a machine gun during a sting operation in North Port, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives had been watching 25-year-old Jerell Dardy Jr., since last September, after being tipped off Dardy was selling large amounts on fentanyl from a home in the 12000 block of S. Tamiami Trail in North Port, a probable cause affidavit said.

In the months that followed, surveillance revealed a second address in the 200 block of San Remo Avenue, where Dardy was allegedly selling drugs on a daily basis.

Earlier this month, detectives learned Dardy was trying to buy a Glock handgun converted from normal semi-automatic to be able to operate as a fully automatic firearm.

On April 22, police conducted a “buy bust” operation where Dardy bought the converted Glock for $1,700 from an undercover officer. Dardy was arrested after the buy.

Search warrants were performed on both residences. Detectives found nearly 64 grams of fentanyl, 21.2 grams of oxycodone and 25.4 grams of rock cocaine.

Dardy was charged with trafficking in fentanyl four grams or more, trafficking in oxycodone seven grams or more, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of weapon or ammo by a convicted felon and possession of weapon: short barreled gun rifle or machine gun.

Jerell Dardy Jr.
Jerell Dardy Jr. (Source: SCSO)

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