North Port family sold pills in front of own children

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies arrested three members of a North Port family when they attempted to sell OxyContin pills to undercover narcotics detectives on November 17.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office detectives said that the transaction took place in front of the suspects two children, whom Rebecca Dickman, 42, and estranged husband Richard Dickman, 43, brought along for the ride.

Also arrested was Rebecca adult son Taylor VanGundy, who drove the Dickmans to meet up with detectives at a prearranged meeting place located at the 4100 block of S. Tamiami Trail in Venice.

According to the report, Rebecca reached out to detectives to sell 50 OxyContin pills. The family arrived at the scene with two underage children also in the vehicle.

Rebecca was involved in two prior transactions with SCSO officers at the same location on October 5 and 12. VanGundy was witnessed in the October 12 transaction but neither he nor Richard Dickman were involved in the October 5 sale.

The Dickmans and VanGundy, all of 7090 Elyton Drive in North Port, were charged with multiple counts of trafficking in oxycodone. Both Rebecca and Richard also face child neglect charges due to the presence of children during the Nov. 17 transaction.



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