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Bail set for man accused with deputies in drug scheme

TAMPA — A federal judge set bail Thursday for one of the men accused in a drug scheme with two former Pasco County deputies and continued a hearing on releasing another man until today.

Robert "Fat Bob" Caddick, 51, of Oviedo, and Kevin Massimino, 32, of Tampa, still remain in custody.

Caddick and Massimino are charged in a criminal complaint with former Pasco sheriff's Deputy Don Riggans, 34. They are accused of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone. A separate criminal complaint charges former Pasco jail Deputy Rodney Philon, 38, with conspiracy to distribute steroids. Riggans and Philon were granted bail Monday.

Pizzo ordered Massimino's release on $50,000 bail.

Pizzo delayed a decision on Caddick's bail because a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent testified that Caddick was secretly recorded in a conversation asking to have his wife killed. She's never heard the allegations, and the judge wanted her to know to determine if she would still live with him if he's granted bail.

Nicki Hollmann, the DEA agent, said that during the recorded conversation, Caddick asked how much it would cost if he wanted a "permanent solution" to his problem. The informant first said $100,000 then reduced the price to $50,000 if the two had a "good drug relationship," Hollmann said.

Prosecutors also cast doubt on the relationship between Caddick and his son, Steve.

Robert Caddick was CEO of a pharmacy called Medipharm. DEA agents raided it in late 2006 and pulled its license to operate. Investigators said Caddick used his connections to steal prescription drugs, including hydrocodone and Xanax.

Steve Caddick is a pharmacist who owns Westchase Compounding Pharmacy. Hollmann said Robert Caddick told an informant that he and his son could manufacture some of the drugs. DEA agents inspected the son's site Wednesday and found nothing wrong, Hollmann said.

Kevin Graham can be reached at kgraham@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3433.

Bail set for man accused with deputies in drug scheme 03/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:02pm]
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