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Ex-football star Reche Caldwell among gambling arrests

Former local football star Reche Caldwell and two other men were arrested Sunday on charges of running an illegal gambling operation in Tampa.

Caldwell was an All-America quarterback at Jefferson High School who went on to play wide receiver at the University of Florida and with several NFL teams, including the New England Patriots.

Donald Reche Caldwell, 34, Bobby Eugene Richardson, 37, and Kenlun Dawson, 35, were arrested on charges of running an illegal gambling house and bookmaking. The arrests came after Tampa police executed a search warrant at 1746 W. Main St.

Caldwell, of 10732 Corey Lake Drive; Richardson, of 2742 W. Leroy St.; and Dawson, of 3902 E. Hanna Ave.; were released from the Hillsborough County Jail after each paid $4,000 bond, according to jail records.

Cash, two handguns and approximately one gram of MDMA (ecstasy) were seized during the search, police said.

Five other people were arrested on charges including illegal gambling, possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation:

• Rico Deangelo Longstreet, 31, of 1518 W. Spruce St.

• Bernard Rogers, 40, of 906 Oakhurst Place, No. 297.

• Troyanoski Jones, 44, of 1547 Scott St. Unit C.

• Allen Rhodes, 42, of 1922 Garden Bower Circle.

• Dennis Robinson, 23, of 1911 W. Spruce St.

Caldwell was a standout in football and baseball at Jefferson. As a three-year starter at quarterback, he threw for 6,936 yards and 77 touchdowns, leading the Dragons to the 5A state semifinals in 1997.

He attended UF from 1998 to 2001, and his best season was as a junior, when he had 65 receptions for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. Caldwell was picked in the second round (48th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He signed with the Patriots in 2006, then played the 2007 season with the Washington Redskins.

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