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Brandon Man Charged With Murder After Alleged Cannabis Transaction Turned Violent

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Hillsborough County deputies say a drug deal gone bad led to murder, alleging a 21-year-old Brandon man to be the party who pulled the trigger.

Deputies say the man met up with his eventual victim on January 28 to conduct the sale of a quantity of cannabis. The deal, which took place in a van, was not completed before the suspect produced a firearm and shot the other party.

Investigators say that, upon firing at the other man, the suspect fled the area. A deputy came upon the van, which was idle in the middle of Woodberry Road near Essex Road at around a quarter to eleven o’clock that evening. Upon his investigation, the deputy discovered the mortally wounded man and began rendering first aid. An ambulance delivered the victim to a nearby hospital where he expired.

The suspect, a New Jersey native, was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail the next afternoon. Initially booked on a charge of armed robbery and a probation violation related to a previous conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer, the suspect was later charged with felony first-degree murder in relation to Monday’s events. He continues to be held without bond.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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