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Former Pasco deputy pleads guilty to drug, firearm crimes

TAMPA — A former Pasco County sheriff's deputy has agreed to plead guilty to federal drug and firearm charges in a case involving hundreds of illegally distributed hydrocodone pills, according to court records.

Don Riggans, 34, is scheduled to enter his guilty plea today before U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara.

About the same time today, Rodney Philon, a former Pasco jail deputy who has been linked to Riggans, is set to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew in a separate case for illegal possession of an anabolic steroid. Philon, 38, faces up to five years in prison.

Philon held Pasco SWAT deputies on an hours-long standoff at his Wesley Chapel home before surrendering when authorities went to arrest him.

Riggans has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone, and also to possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He faces a minimum of five years in prison, and a maximum of life.

Federal prosecutors say that Riggans and two other men conspired to distribute hydrocodone. Robert "Fat Bob" Caddick, 52, of Oviedo worked as chief executive officer of a pharmacy called Medipharm. Investigators said Caddick used his connections to steal prescription drugs, including hydrocodone and Xanax. Kevin Massimino, 32, of Tampa put the pills in circulation on the street, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Philon knew about their plan, and they have charged him in a separate indictment with illegal distribution of the anabolic steroid Dianabol. Federal charges were filed against all four men in March.

Massimino is scheduled to plead guilty today along with Riggans. Caddick signed a plea agreement last month admitting his role in the scheme.

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

Former Pasco deputy pleads guilty to drug, firearm crimes 09/11/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 15, 2008 2:49pm]
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