St. Petersburg Police undercover vice and narcotics investigators at Fat Boys Deli on July 1, 2015. Photos courtesy: St. Petersburg Police
As the July 4th weekend approaches, Clearwater Police arrested 22 people during a 2 day sweep of sellers, buyers and those possessing crack or crack cocaine. The city-wide crackdown involved the police bike team, anti-crime unit, beach anti-crime officers and the narcotics unit. The arrested ranged in age from a 16-year-old black male to a 58-year-old white male. The majority of the arrested face sale/possession of crack or crack cocaine charges. Four people are charged with soliciting purchase of a controlled substance or possession of a controlled substance.
“This operation represents months of police work that was in response to complaints and information shared with us by our citizens,” said Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter.
St. Petersburg Police also shut down a drug operation at the Fat Boys Deli, 2680 5th Avenue South today. Police received numerous tips and complaints from the neighborhood about drug activity at the store. Undercover detectives determined drugs were being sold at the deli. St. Petersburg Police say customers who knew the right code word were taken to a back room to buy drugs. Police report 57 calls for service at Fat Boys Deli in the past year. Detectives are questioning several people. Arrests are pending.
St. Petersburg Police also advise the public to lock their vehicles. Police posted this YouTube video of how a young man leaning out of car, tries door handles until he finds an unlocked car. SPPD posted this video on June 26, 2015. If you recognize anyone in this video, police ask you to send them a message on Facebook, text SPPD and your tip to Tip 411 or call 727-893-7780.
July is Auto Theft Prevention Month. Florida is number 2 in the country with auto thefts and auto burglaries. St. Petersburg Police see an alarming spike in these crimes. There were 455 auto burglaries in May this year. That’s up from 291 auto burglaries in May last year. SPPD Major Cheryl Johnson explains what the thieves are looking for and reminds everyone to secure their vehicles.
Sources: Clearwater Police New Release, St. Petersburg Police Facebook News Releases