SARASOTA -- Two men were arrested Monday on charges of selling undercover officers a large quantity of hydromorphone in a sting operation, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
A confidential informant told detectives on Friday that Terry Davis, 53, was looking to sell large quantities of hydromorphone pills and that he lived with someone named, "Sam," in the 6900 block of Mauna Loa Boulevard, according to an arrest report. The detectives said he knew Davis and an Issam Elhomsi, 56, from previous interactions at that location, which was known as a drug house.
The informant identified both from previous booking photos, and the detective had him set up a buy of 50 hydromorphone pills for $1,125 with his friend, "Mike," and Davis and Elhomsi.
Davis agreed to sell the pills to the informant's friend and said he had to get permission from, "the man," which referred to Elhomsi, according to the report. The informant told the detective that Davis and Elhomsi would doctor shop on Monday or Tuesday.
The informant called Davis on Monday and asked if the deal with still on, and Davis told him that he should be back home by 3 p.m., according to the report. The informant told detectives that he believed the two were picking up pills when he called.
Detectives conducted surveillance on Davis and Elhomsi's home and saw the two arrive in a gold van registered to Elhomsi. The informant then called Davis and they set a meet up location for the undercover detective and Davis at the Taco Bell located at 5811 Bee Ridge Rd. in Sarasota.
The undercover detective saw both Elhomsi and Davis in the car driving by him at the Taco Bell, before Davis exited the van, got into the detective's vehicle, and told him to drive to the gas station across the street, according to the report.
Elhomsi followed the detective's vehicle in his van, and the detective asked Davis if he had the pills. Davis pulled out a blue pill bottle and handed it to the detective in exchange for $1,125 in currency, according to the release. Davis' name was on the bottle.
Deputies on scene moved in and arrested both Davis and Elhomsi. Davis was charged with trafficking in hydromorphone and violation of probation, since he was on 18 months of drug offender supervision. Elhomsi was charged with principal to trafficking in hydromorphone.
Both men are currently being held without bond.