TAMPA — Detectives arrested three Tennessee men Friday after an investigation into their friend's overdose death indicated the men were gathering large quantities of oxycodone.
Richard Allen Rogers, 45, of Corryton, Tenn., was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the Dutch Motel at 108 W Hillsborough Ave., in Tampa, just after 8:30 a.m. Friday.
As detectives investigated his death, they found that Rogers had come to the state with three men shopping for large quantities of the painkiller in North, Central and West Florida, according to Tampa Police.
His surviving friends, John Sanders Mathis, 54, of Corryton, Tenn., Everette Devon Kidd, 30, and Danny Ray Inman, 51, both of Maynardville, Tenn., were all charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance.
They were taken to a Hillsborough County jail Friday afternoon.