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Drug dealer sells morphine to customer in front of police officer

By Mason White 1:11 PM June 7, 2017
Alexander Scott Handley (R) and Eric Velez
Alexander Scott Handley (R) and Eric Velez
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A drug dealer was not bothered by the fact that a police officer was watching him selling morphine to a customer, according to police in Florida.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said that on Friday, a Special Operations Unit detective was sitting in his unmarked car outside the Avon Pharmacy, which is located at 1577 U.S. 27 North around 5:30 p.m.

31-year-old Eric Velez pulled up in a black Cadillac and parked next to the detective.

The detective recognized Velez due to his previous drug arrests and because the department had recently received tips that he had been selling drugs out of that car.

A red Chrysler sedan pulled up next to the Cadillac. Alexander Scott Handley, 28, got out of that car and into the Cadillac.

The detective saw Handley give Velez money, get back into his car and drive away.

The detective then saw Velez doing drugs inside the Cadillac, using a piece of tin foil and a lighter to inhale the vapor from a dissolved pill.

The detective, who was in plain clothes but had his badge and gun plainly visible, approached Velez’s car, identified himself as law enforcement and ordered him out.

Velez looked at the detective and then tried to hide the evidence of his drug use. When the detective grabbed the door handle, Velez sped away.

The detective still had his hand inside the door handle, which was ripped from the car as Velez sped away. The detective was checked out by EMS for a sore shoulder after the incident.

Another officer stopped Velez, who threw the straw and tin foil out the window. They were found on the ground and tested positive for heroin.

Velez, who was on felony probation, was charged with fleeing/eluding a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Meanwhile, another officer caught up to Handley, and saw that in addition to him not wearing a seatbelt, the Chrysler had an expired tag.

He was pulled over, but before he stopped, the detective saw him hiding something in the center console. A search of the console found two syringes, one of which tested positive for morphine.

Handley was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.