Willard Leo McBride has been adjudicated guilty and sentenced for drug trafficking and other drug charges. He was found guilty following a trial in Charlotte County in January.
He was sentenced as follows:
Count 1 – Trafficking in Amphetamines 14-28 grams – Sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years of drug offender probation, plus court costs, fines, and fees
Count 2 – Sale/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years of drug offender probation
Count 3 – Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent – 15 years in prison
Count 4 – Transportation of Drug Paraphernalia – Sentenced as a Habitual Felony Offender to 10 years in prison
The sentences are to be served concurrently.
The defendant was seen selling drugs during surveillance done by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as part of an undercover drug operation in October 2018. McBride sold drugs out of his truck in a gas station parking lot in Charlotte County. He sold 27 grams of methamphetamine and 10 Hydromorphone pills.
Assistant State Attorney Scott Patterson and Assistant State Attorney Nolan Deming prosecuted the case.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office