Bradenton man arrested for selling heroin to undercover cops

A Bradenton man has been arrested for selling drugs to undercover detectives in three separate instances, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Rufaro Owens, 31, was arrested on Feb. 25 after a months-long investigation.

The investigation was launched in July 2018 after detectives learned that Owens was selling heroin in north Sarasota County, according to a press release.

Owens sold heroin to undercover Special Investigation Section detectives twice in July and once in August.

The third sale was for more than four grams of the drug. The sale of amounts of heroin greater than four grams is considered trafficking in the state of Florida, a crime which can result in a $50,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

The sale of heroin is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Owens is charged with two counts of sale of heroin and one count of trafficking in heroin. On Wednesday, he remained in custody at the Sarasota County Jail on a $90,000 bond.

Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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