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ConnectWise President Arrested On Drug Charge

David Bellini, head of ConnectWise's international business, was arrested on a drug charge in Florida. The company, in a statement, cites "chronic pain" as the trigger for Bellini's "overuse" of drugs.

ConnectWise President and Co-founder David Bellini, who focused on the company's international sales, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the company after his arrest Sunday for drug trafficking.

Bellini was arrested in his Tampa, Fla. home on Sunday with less than an ounce of heroin and the opioid fentanyl, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

He was released the next day on his own recognizance, the Times reported.

[Related: CRN Exclusive: ConnectWise CEO Bellini On Co-Opetition With Datto, Better Integration Of Services, And Bringing Cloud To MSPs]

Bellini, head of ConnectWise's international business, spent much of his time working out of the company's London office, appears to have been removed from the ConnectWise website where pages referring to his position and a blog post referring to him are no longer available.

ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini wrote in a Monday blog post without mentioning his brother David, that ConnectWise's international business is a big growth area for the company and that it has revised its executive structure in a way it believes will raise its visibility within the company.

That revision includes a move to have Greg Lalle, vice president of international sales, report directly to Arnie Bellini. Rosanna Inturrisi, director of international operations, will join Greg Lalle’s team as a direct report. Owen Parry, director of international initiatives and operations, will report directly to Ed Amato, ConnectWise's vice president of business management and planning.

"This restructuring of the organization will enable us to effectively support the work of our international colleagues, providing what’s best for our partners and community as we pursue our 2018 strategy, which is focused on a comprehensive Ecosystem of integrated solutions, best practices, and a community dedicated to everyone’s success," Arnie Bellini wrote.

ConnectWise declined to comment on David Bellini's arrest.

In a statement emailed to CRN that was attributed to Jason Magee, chief operations officer for ConnectWise, the company said on Sunday it became aware that David Bellini faced issues associated with the use of prescription and non-prescription pain medications.

"David has been suffering chronic pain for several years and has unfortunately fallen prey to overuse of these substances, resulting in potential charges – the outcome of which we cannot predict. Our hearts go out to David and his children during this difficult time. The entire ConnectWise family looks forward to David’s return to health and well-being," the statement said.

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