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A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN IS BEHIND BARS AFTER ALLEGEDLY SELLING DRUGS TO UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES AND BEATING UP A MAN.  DEPUTIES SAY 23 YEAR OLD DEVONTINO BROWN WAS PICKED UP THURSDAY MORNING FOR SELLING CRACK COCAINE BACK ON JANUARY 18TH AFTER LAB RESULTS CAME BACK POSITIVE FOR CRACK COCAINE.  HE WAS PICKED UP IN THE SAME PARKING LOT HE MADE THE SALE IN, AND WHEN HE WAS SEARCHED DETECTIVES FOUND $560 CASH AND OVER SEVEN GRAMS OF POT ON HIM.  HE WAS BOOKED ON NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES INCLUDING SALE AND DELIVERY OF CRACK COCAINE WITHIN A THOUSAND FEET OF PORT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL.  AS HE SAT IN JAIL THURSDAY, DETECTIVES FILED MORE CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEDNESDAY BEATING OF A MAN IN HIS HOME ON QUESADA AVENUE.  DEPUTIES SAY THE 27 YEAR OLD MAN ORIGINALLY DID NOT WANT TO FILE CHARGES, BUT THEY INTERVIEWED HIM AGAIN IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT OF THE PEACE RIVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND HE CHANGED HIS TUNE.  HE TOLD DETECTIVES THAT BROWN AND TWO UNKNOWN BLACK MALES CAME TO HIS HOME.  THE VICTIM SAID BROWN PULLED A KNIFE AND WANTED TO KNOW WHERE HIS CRACK COCAINE WAS.  THE MAN SAID HE DID NOT HAVE IT, SO BROWN PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE.  BROWN IS NOW CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY CAUSING BODILY HARM.  HE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND IN THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY JAIL.