North Port Family Arrested for Drug Trafficking & Child Neglect

NEWS RELEASE #: 16-209

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Thursday evening on drug trafficking and child neglect charges after detectives purchased narcotics from the family in the presence of two underage children.

Detectives met with Rebecca Dickman, DOB 7/23/74, at the 4100 block of S. Tamiami Trail in Venice around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday after she reached out to them, seeking to sell (50) OxyContin pills (7.9 grams). She was accompanied by estranged husband Richard Dickman, DOB 7/12/73, and her adult son Taylor VanGundy, DOB 6/13/96. Also in the car were the Dickman's two underage children. VanGundy drove the family to the transaction.

Prior to Wednesday's transaction, detectives had met with 42-year-old Rebecca Dickman for two additional transactions, both at the 4100 block of S. Tamiami Trail in Venice. On October 5 and October 12, detectives purchased 1.2 grams of OxyContin and 1.6 grams of OxyContin, respectively. VanGundy was seen driving his mother on October 12, but neither 20-year-old VanGundy nor 43-year-old Richard Dickman were seen at the October 5 transaction.

Rebecca Dickman, of 7090 Elyton Drive in North Port, is charged with (2) counts of Sale of Oxycodone, Trafficking Oxycodone, and Child Neglect. She is in custody on $70,000 bond.

Richard Dickman, also of 7090 Elyton Drive in North Port, is charged with Principle to Trafficking Oxycodone and Child Neglect. He is in custody on $20,000 bond.

Taylor VanGundy, also of 7090 Elyton Drive in North Port, is charged with Principle to Trafficking Oxycodone and Principal to Sale of Oxycodone. He is in custody on $15,000 bond.
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