PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Former Port Richey mayor Dale Massad is expected to be in court later this morning for a hearing. He’s accused of firing at deputies during a raid on his home while they tried to arrest him for practicing medicine without a license. He is also accused of conspiring with his successor to intimidate a Port Richey police officer.
Since Dale Massad’s arrest back in February, more information has been revealed about the former mayor. Besides being accused of firing at deputies, the Port Richey police chief revealed that Massad had a heavy drug problem.
“It’s kind of astonishing. We didn’t realize it was that bad. You know it was rumor. I you said something about the mayor, everybody would say we all knew that, but we never had anybody that would come forward and get involved in the criminal case,” said Port Richey Police Chief Gerard Decanio.
According to F.D.L.E. documents, every Port Richey city council member received calls from the public about Massad’s drug use. Informants in the case told the F.D.L.E Massad used several people to buy up to $100 a day in crack cocaine for his use.
One of those drug buyers authorities say was an early informant in the case who died recently from a drug overdose.
Unfortunately, Colton McKinley had passed away in a Pasco County jail of an overdose.
“We knew that he was a drug user and he was allegedly one of the people that was picking the drugs up for the mayor,” said Decanio.
Massad’s attorney says the drug allegations are embellished and exaggerated.
This morning’s pre-trial hearing begins at 9 in Port Richey.