The Office of State Attorney Larry Basford announces that on August 31, 2021, Senior Circuit Judge Dedee Costello sentenced Tevin Rashad Brown to 25 years in prison. He was sentenced as a Habitual Violent Felony Offender based on his previous convictions for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Brown entered an open plea on August 2, 2021, to Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (Heroin), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Actual Possession), Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence, Resisting Officer without Violence, and Driving While License Canceled, Suspended or Revoked.
On September 9, 2020, members of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division conducted surveillance on Kacy Lane after receiving credible information that the Defendant would be conducting a drug sale at that location. Research conducted prior to that day revealed that the Defendant was a convicted felon and his driver license was suspended. Investigators witnessed the Defendant drive up to an address on Kacy Lane and he was arrested for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. A search of the Defendant’s person incident to arrest found he had a Smith and Wesson 9mm firearm in his waist and a trafficking amount of heroin in his pocket which he attempted to destroy after arrest. A search of the Defendant’s vehicle revealed pre-cut pieces of crack cocaine and fentanyl pills. In his post-Miranda interview, the Defendant admitted that he came to the location to sell heroin and that the items found in the car belonged to him.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Lynelle Dowe and Jennifer Lieb. The case agent was Investigator Phillip Hill of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
For additional information, contact State Attorney Larry Basford.