Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Public safety

ConnectWise cofounder David Bellini found with heroin, fentanyl, Tampa police say

Editor’s note: As of Feb. 15, 2018, David Bellini no longer faces a drug charge. The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute. For details, see our update.

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TAMPA — David Bellini, cofounder of tech company ConnectWise, was charged Sunday with trafficking in illegal drugs.

Bellini, 56, had heroin and the opioid pain medication fentanyl when he was arrested at his downtown Tampa home about 8 a.m., according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s record.

He was released Monday afternoon on his own recognizance.

Bellini has taken an indefinite leave of absence from work, according to a statement from the company, which is the largest software development firm in Tampa Bay.

"David has been suffering chronic pain for several years and has unfortunately fallen prey to overuse of these substances, resulting in potential charges — the outcome of which we cannot predict," the statement said.

ConnectWise provides customers a suite of business services on a technology platform that can handle their financial, help desk, administrative and other services. The company, with more than 750 employees and 100,000-plus customers operating in more than 60 countries, has repeatedly been named one of the 100 Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces.

Corrections: An earlier version of this story stated an incorrect quantity of the drugs found, based on a jail record that was later discredited. Also, two brothers started the company ConnectWise. Only one brother, David Bellini, was arrested by police Sunday. Regretably, a photo of the other brother initially accompanied this story online. The correct photo appears above.

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