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ConnectWise cofounder David Bellini found with heroin, fentanyl, Tampa police say

TAMPA — David Bellini, cofounder of tech company ConnectWise, was charged Sunday with trafficking in illegal drugs.

Bellini, 56, had 24.1 grams of heroin and the opioid pain medication fentanyl when he was arrested at his downtown Tampa home about 8 a.m., according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s record.

He was released Monday afternoon on his own recognizance.

Bellini has taken an indefinite leave of absence from work, according to a statement from the company, which is the largest software development firm in Tampa Bay.

"David has been suffering chronic pain for several years and has unfortunately fallen prey to overuse of these substances, resulting in potential charges — the outcome of which we cannot predict," the statement said.

ConnectWise provides customers a suite of business services on a technology platform that can handle their financial, help desk, administrative and other services. The company, with more than 750 employees and 100,000-plus customers operating in more than 60 countries, has repeatedly been named one of the 100 Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces.

Contact Caitlin Johnston at [email protected] or (727) 893-8779. Follow @cljohnst.

Correction: A photo that briefly accompanied an online version of this story depicted the wrong family member. Only David Bellini was charged.

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ConnectWise cofounder David Bellini found with heroin, fentanyl, Tampa police say