Published: Sep 01, 2010 7:30 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2010 4:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced the arrest of an unlicensed security officer in the Tampa Bay area on charges of possession of a concealed weapon by a felon and soliciting security services without a license.

The arrest follows an investigation spanning several weeks by the department's Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) Bureau of Investigations. According OALE investigators, Adell L. Montgomery, 35, of Tampa, was arrested without incident following a sting investigation where the suspect met with an undercover investigator to provide contracts for security services in North Tampa.

Montgomery is the owner of "Officer Crime Task Force," which is an unlicensed security agency. At the time of the arrest, Montgomery was observed driving an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, and had in his possession a baton, handcuffs chemical agent and a stun gun secured to a law enforcement-type belt. Montgomery also had a bullet-proof vest, two badges and an altered temporary security officer's license.

Montgomery was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and is being held without bond. Bronson credited the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department for its assistance in the case.

In July 2009 while allegedly providing security services, Montgomery was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department for possession of a firearm by a felon. He is currently on probation with the State of Florida for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.