Bob’s Carpet and Flooring heir paid hundreds of thousands dollars for drugs, federal court records show

Robert Butler III has signed an agreement to plead guilty in federal court, records show, admitting he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for drugs in recent years. [Photo courtesy St. Petersburg Police Department/McAllister family]
Robert Butler III, an heir to a well-known local flooring chain that bears his father’s name, participated in a money laundering scheme and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for cocaine and marijuana in recent years, according to federal court records filed Thursday.
He usually bought his drugs with checks, the records show, writing out some to girlfriends of his dealer, 35-year-old Deonte Baker, in a system prosecutors said was meant “to conceal and to disguise” the nature of the transactions.
Butler, 52, whose father built up Bob’s Carpet and Flooring on Florida’s west coast, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He bought drugs from Baker from March 2013 to April 2016, according to the plea agreement. He spent $194,150 in that period. In June 2016, the plea agreement says, Butler began writing checks to the girlfriends, eventually totalling $140,490.
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Bob’s Carpet and Flooring heir paid hundreds of thousands dollars for drugs

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