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17 Arrested in Drug Dealer Sting Operation

St. Petersburg Police completed a four-month long investigation Friday by arresting 17 alleged drug dealers.

St. Petersburg Police concluded a four-month investigation into alleged drug dealers throughout St. Petersburg Friday. 

The sting operation, which identified 44 individuals engaged in the dealing of narcotics, including Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Xanax and Hydrocodone, netted 17 arrests. 

According to police, just after 8 a.m. Friday, narcotics detectives and uniform personnel began the city wide round-up. Police arrested eight individuals from the list of 44 suspects. Nine additional arrests, police said, were made due to accompanying circumstances while officers were working the operation throughout the day.

Each arrested suspect was brought to the Maximo Police Resource Center at
4815 34th St, S. for processing. While there, the prisoners were interviewed by detectives with particular emphasis being placed on obtaining information on gun related crimes to include the illegal possession of or distribution of firearms.

Partial List of Arrested Suspects:

  • Lolita Phillips, 40, of 5428 Burlington Ave. N
  • Jarron Powell, 21, of 3156 47th Ave. S.
  • Jeremy Flowers, 21, of 240 39th St. S.
  • Jacqual Taliaferro, 22, of 1031 15th St. S
  • Tony Marion, 53, of 3950 5th Ave. S.
  • Trentair Bingham, 20, of 4230 78th St. N.
  • Desserey Rayburn, 27, of 3405 34th St. N.
  • Tyrone Booker, 30, of 3560 58th St. N
Todd January 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM
The economy certainly doesn't help but I think most of these people were still breaking the law and taking the easy way out to make money long before the economy tanked. Some folks just don't want to work and prefer to sell dope. It is their own fault that they have to go that route verses being stuck with a low paying job. It's all about choices you make growing up. I think it starts at the home myself. I was unemployed for quite some time and I never once considered victimizing others to get by.
Todd January 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Lisa, I didn't attack you but only replied to you calling me an ass. I think your heart is in the right place but we all have different ways of showing and expressing things. I will admit I have a really low tolerance as far as drugs and people who poison our streets with them. I don't enjoy lashing back but won't tolerate it all the same. I appreciate that you have come back to planet earth and are being a bit more civilized. :)
lisa raye January 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM
reading back at my remarks yes i did cross the line a few times, because regardless of ur thoughts and opinions i still have to account for my actions. the blog was stupid should have never decided to comment period. sometimes ur opinion is not needed. the real concren of my comment was never addressed, just gave an opportunity for negative energy to surface. the only thing that i owe is an apology because i did make myself seem more offended by the comments, even though i can not relate to majority of the things that you mentioned. yes i am very fiesty. hey i'm a woman whose very outspoken. but im not racist nor do i have hatred in my heart for anyone. one thing that i will take from this situation is to lose my harsh approach when im addressing someone negative. i dont have to battle anyone there is no need for a guard or defense, i'm at ease with life. second profanity is not needed so much period. i am a lady should remain no matter how big of an a** im dealing with not worth losing your cool.
lisa raye January 17, 2013 at 11:23 PM
the only good this blog has brought is by me being direct about my concern for the murder; the next day there was an award for the first time announced. Great job police station maybe now the public will bring you the suspect. its a start that's all that matters. sorry to piss u off but in the end good was brought out of the situation
Todd January 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Hey, nobody is perfect.

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