Florida AG Pam Bondi Calls Out Man Accused of Peddling Trump-Branded Heroin

By Keri Blakinger 02/06/17

“All I want to say to this drug dealer is, ‘Big mistake by putting the president’s picture on this.’”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

He made a yuuuuge mistake. 

One accused drug dealer in Florida attracted some unwanted extra attention after he allegedly got busted with more than 5,500 packets of heroin, some of them bearing the new president’s name. 

The Donald Trump-branded heroin apparently sparked the ire of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as the Washington Post reported. “All I want to say to this drug dealer is, ‘Big mistake by putting the president’s picture on this,’” Bondi said at a press conference last week. “Big mistake. Because he is going to be our most fierce advocate in taking this junk off of our streets. Can you believe this? Big mistake.”

Law enforcement showed off the loot from the presidential-themed seizure a few days after snagging the smack, in what the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said was its largest bust ever. “I’m going to make sure [Trump] gets one of these packages when the case is all over to put in the Oval Office to remind him of all the good he’s doing,” Bondi said. 

The accused drug peddler, 46-year-old Kelvin Scott Johnson, is facing charges of heroin trafficking, possession and sale of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful use of a communication device and driving with a suspended license, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The drugs totaled more than three pounds when they were weighed with the packaging, which means Johnson could face a mandatory minimum of 15 to 25 years if convicted. Along with the Trump-branded drugs, the massive haul featured packets bearing other celeb names, including El Chapo and Pablo Escobar. 

Police say Johnson boasts a long criminal record, including at least 13 arrests since 1989. "This individual is definitely someone that we don't want selling poison to our brothers and our sisters and our sons and our daughters," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said.

Investigators started looking into Johnson last May, when the U.S. Postal Service reported that its agents had found a large shipment of heroin that was headed for Hernando County. Once detectives identified Johnson as the potential culprit, they pulled him over and found a cache of cocaine in his car, along with 5,000 doses of smack stashed elsewhere. 

This is not the first time the newly elected commander-in-chief’s name has been used by enterprising drug dealers. 

Just a few days before the November election, feds seized 3,250 bags of Trump-stamped dope in Delaware. The month before that, a man in Vermont was charged with bringing 280 similarly labelled bags of heroin into the state, as The Fix previously reported. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.