Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Duo who planned to rob undercover officer land in jail, Pasco deputies say

DADE CITY — She said she would bring $2,800 cash. The two men brought $2,000 worth of drugs — and a gun to rob her.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said, Christian Anthony Belasic, 20, and Brandon Dicken, 19, wheeled into the Winn-Dixie parking lot on U.S. 301 in a pickup truck to make the deal: to keep the drugs and her money.

But the woman wasn't there. Deputies were.

The would-be victim, an undercover officer for Pasco County Sheriff's Office, had been casing Belasic, of 7535 Forbes Road in Zephyrhills, with undercover buys dating back to Nov. 3 of last year, reports said.

The officer wrote that Belasic had racked up $715 in deals with her that included marijuana, ecstasy, oxycodone, Xanax and a .40 caliber Beretta handgun.

Lt. Charles Balderston, the department's narcotics division supervisor, said he suspected the men would eventually try to take the money and keep the drugs.

Deputies said they found 122 ecstasy pills, 20 Xanax pills and 221 grams of marijuana in a brown paper bag on the truck's floorboard.

Belasic told deputies he had planned to rob the undercover officer using a black pellet gun that was found in the front seat of the truck, the arrest report said.

He was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, sale of marijuana, use of a firearm during a felony, sale in lieu of controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance without prescription, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, trafficking illegal drugs, trafficking hydrocodone and attempted robbery.

Dicken, of 39848 Otis Allen Road in Zephyrhills, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, trafficking illegal drugs and attempted robbery. This is his first offense.

Both remain at Land O'Lakes Detention Center. Belasic is being held in lieu of a $192,150 bail. Dicken is held in lieu of a $125,000 bail.

Alex Orlando can be reached at [email protected] or (727)-869-6247.

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