LARGO – Largo Police Department arrested the 46-year-old owner of the Carr Connection at 9766 Ulmerton Road on charges of delivery of marijuana, delivery of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of medicinal drugs without a prescription.
Also arrested were James Bonofede, a 43-year-old sales associate at Carr Connection. He was charged with delivery of marijuana, delivery of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Carr and Bonofede were released from jail on bond.
According to Largo police Sgt. Howard Crosby, the authorities received a tip about an illegal activity going on at the automobile dealership. The police sent a female undercover officer to the dealership on July 12 at about 1 p.m. After about 45 minutes, Carr allegedly asked the officer to return to the dealership after his secretary had left for the day.
During this time he allegedly flirted with the female officer, touching her hand and at one point singing to her, police said. When she returned that evening at about 6:30, she was invited into the building where Carr allegedly asked Bonofede for some marijuana.
At that point, police said, Bonofede gave some marijuana and a marijuana pipe to Carr.
Carr then escorted the female officer to another part of the building, Crosby said, when the police closed in on them and arrested Carr and Bonofede.
Found on Carr were prescription medicines for Darvocet, Celebrex and Viagra.
“We became concerned for safety,” said Crosby. Crosby called Carr’s doctor who told the police he gave him a prescription for the drugs two years ago.
Carr gave a different account of what happened. He said that a female came in, and after a while, began asking him what she can do to get a lower price on a car.
“I told her that there was nothing else she could do. This was the lowest quote that I can give her,” said Carr.
Carr said that he would plead not guilty in court. He also believes that he was a victim of an entrapment by the police.
As for the drugs, Carr said he had a prescription for them.
“Just like anybody else, I don’t carry them in a pill bottle,” Carr said.
Bonofede could not be reached for comment.
Carr has been the subject of news stories on ABC’s Channel 28 after one of its reporters heard that Carr had been offering discounts to potential female car buyers in return for sexual favors. Channel 28 also reported that some buyers returned to the dealership with car problems that Carr allegedly would not fix.