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Former Gator Reche Caldwell arrested in gambling operation bust

7:28 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver was among seven others arrested in a bust on a illegal gambling operation on Jan. 5.

Tampa Police executed a search of a business in the 1700 block of West Main Street regarding the suspected gambling operation and seized cash, two handguns and approximately one gram of MDMA.

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Donald Reche Caldwell Jr., 34, -- a former Florida Gator and NFL receiver for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins -- along with Bobby Richardson, 37, and Kenlun Dawson, 35, were charged with running an illegal gambling house and bookkeeping.

Caldwell, who came to the Gators from Jefferson High School in 1998, holds the second-longest streak of consecutive games (10) with a TD in UF history and is tied for third for having eight career 100+ receiving yard games. He was drafted in the second round by the San Diego Chargers in 2002 and played with the team for four seasons before signing with the New England Patriots in 2006. His pro football career ended after the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins.

Five other suspects, Rico Longstreet, 31; Bernard Rogers, 40; Troyanoski Jones 44; Allen Rhodes, 42; and Dennis Robinson, 23, were arrested for various crimes including illegal gambling, possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

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