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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
CJ January 12, 2013 at 05:50 PM
because he still needs to graduate 6th grade?
Todd January 12, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Good. get these idiots off the streets.
Todd January 12, 2013 at 08:16 PM
We need drug enforcement in St. Pete far more than we do gun control.
Oliver Katt January 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM
M;y, my, Rene Flowers ws shocked and appalled. What was she doing the last two times her darling boy was arrested? Rene, why are you surprised by this? Did you thnk he was spending his time teaching astrophysics at USF?
jay January 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM
this is a good thing. Now how about enforcing cross walks and one way streets? I see so many over 100 a day including child endangerment and drivers under the influnence as well as public intox. This is a real problem! I guess we will all wait untill more people are killed.
jay January 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Lets really put to use the cameras the gov. intended to protect.
CJ January 13, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Todd...so true...especially since the main people the druggies are shooing is other druggies..lol. Maybe if we give them better guns they will just kill each other off?
CJ January 13, 2013 at 02:51 AM
...or...how about we only allow drug users to jaywalk....lol. I don't so much mind ''all'' the jaywalkers...afterall it is rahter silly to ''always'' go to a corner to cross. Right? What I hate is these jaywalkers who step right out into traffic and often even ''direct'' traffic as they cross the street as they mix right in with the cars. It is so insane to see people do this. I am pretty sure Pinellas country in general is practically the ''leader'' in pedestrian and bicycle deaths in the entire country. Think about that. What a dreadful fact that is. As someone who is fairly new to the area, I can now see why. One of my biggest adjustments when moving here was getting used to driving here. Between the speed bumps, the pedestrians, the bicyclist, the 50cc Scooters that drive like people on bicycles, etc...it is very tricky driving here without killing someone.
CJ January 13, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Most of the drug houses don't need cameras to spot them...they are easy to spot with your bare eyes even if it is your first day in this area. I am surprised the cops here are not all with dark glasses, seeing-eye dogs, and a blind mans cane. Sure...i understand it sometimes takes then a while to study a house before they bust it...but a month or so ought to be the limit on that garbage...but what excuse do they have for letting this drug hives operate on and on , month after month? Either go after the landlords...or impound properties...etc...it really is not ''this hard'' to cleanup this problem ...or at the very least...chase the activity out of certain neighbors hoods. It seems like the law enforcement here have simply conceded certain neighborhoods to the druggies and just let them be. I see many neighborhoods that I find it hard to believe that the cops simply seem to have given up on them. There are many, many ''diverse'' neighbor hoods that are fine to live in...until the drug activity becomes ''obvious''. Then they become not necessarily ''the hood'' but more of a suburban form of one. One is just as bad as the other when you live in them.
CJ January 13, 2013 at 03:25 AM
It's just awful to see a young man you have seen grow up, and witness him getting overcome by the drug world. As someone who is older, and raised during the hippie years, etc...I have seen (of course...lol) this happen over and over to family after family over the years. No matter ''what family'' it happens to or how many times you see it happen...it is about the most unpleasant thing to witness. I would not wish that sight upon my worst enemies. Such a shame and waste of so many youngsters. Anyone who is lucky enough to have escaped that life is fortunate.
LISA RAYE January 16, 2013 at 05:05 PM
HOW THEY CAN PUT A MAN HUNT AND OPERATE A STING FOR DRUGS, BUT CANT FIND A KILLER WITHIN A WEEK WHO HAS PLOTTED TO KILL 2 PEOPLE AND DID IT WITHIN 2 WEEKS AND STILL IS AT LARGE BUT THEY GOT TIME TO MAKE SURE THEY RIDE THERE DUMB ASS UP AND DOWN THE STREET TRYING TO SNIFF OUT CRIME BUT CANT FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS CREATED SO MUCH EVIL WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ACADEMY? WHAT THE HELL DO THEY STAND FOR AND IS THERE ONLY QUALITY IS CRACKING DOWN ON DRUGS BUT CANT PROVIDE SAFETY TO THE STREETS FROM VIOLENCE? I'M STARTING TO THINK THAT THE DRUG MONEY AND DRUGS ARE THE ONLY THING THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT BECAUSE IT PRODUCE REVENUE FOR THEM. THE SYSTEM IS A FRAUD THAT'S WHY THE ONLY REAL CONCERNED MONEY. PIGS HATED WHEN SOMEONE IS LIVING BETTER THEN THEM AND THEY FEEL LIKE MAJORITY WHO ARE DEALING ARE BLACK THERE TO PROSPEROUS LIVING BEYOND WHAT WE DESIGNED FOR THEM. SO ARREST THEY FEEL BREAKS THEM DOWN INTO NOTHING. JUST STOP PUSHING THE MAN TO THE EDGE MAKING DRUGS HIS ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT HIMSELF. ITS THE SYSTEM FAULT THAT DRUGS IS A BUSINESS. IF MAN HAD EQUAL OPPORTUNITY THERE WOULD BE NO ROOM FOR ERROR.
CJ January 16, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I could not have said that better than if I was one of Obama's old friends ;)
Todd January 16, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yeah, blame it on the system you knucklehead. Lol!! Some people....
Todd January 16, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Good one CJ!!! Lol!! You pegged her. :)
CJ January 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Lisa is part of the 47%. The group that contains not only people who ''know'' they have reverse discrimination, but also the larger percentage of the 47% group who have it and don't even know it. The 47% is not so easily defined as they think they are...but it is real. If anything, Romney will be remembered for pointing out this group. It sure beats being known for a stain on a blue suede dress.
Todd January 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Hmmm Lisa. I am not thinking that The Discovery Channel will cover my mentality. Maybe you should watch The Nickelodeon Channel to get in touch to your childish mentality. Maybe you should do some research to 'Discover' how many violent crimes are associated with drug dealing, crimes against women, etc. You stand out as not a diamond in the sky or even a rough, but a floating turd that refuses to flush all the way down the sewer pipe. When God created you, he forgot to hand you a brain which relates to your huge lack of common sense. Your self proclaimed stats are laughable at best.
CJ January 17, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Lisa...sorry...but whatever you ''stand out like''...it is not a diamond in the sky. You are doing a lot of people a service now with your rambling. You are being a poster-child for the ''no child left behind'' campaign that has guided our school system nationally for way too long....and what that path in our education system has resulted in. When I grew up, the writing skills you have shown would not have passed 3rd grade. Someone like you would have been 16 before they graduated 6th grade. I am not totally against everything you have said...but a few things you have said are real doozies. For the most part, though...I think I agree with you on several of your points. I like to give credit where credit is due. Your heart seems in the right place, but your blame for things is misguided. All in all, in today's world...that's not so bad. I can appreciate the candid comments by Todd, but not how nasty he has been to you. He said some things to you that are out of line, but I am sure you think I have also. I also don't feel you understand racism as well as you think you do. If you are learning those things at church, then I think you reading comprehension is off a bit...or perhaps need to listen to a new preacher. We all have to face up to criticism here, and you have earned more than your share...however I sincerely believe you mean well. You self flattery should be embarrassing. You should work on having more humility and be more humble. You are quite the hater.
Todd January 17, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Funny, my first reply to you was in response to you calling me an ass and I was going to apologize regardless until I read your latest post/rant. As far as drug addicts in my neighborhood verses your neighborhood, I highly doubt it unless my neighbors here on Coffee Pot Bayou are all druggies. I never mentioned anything regarding color. You did. Some of your points are valid but you bring this across in a way that can't be taken seriously or with any sort of credibility. That being said, I stand behind my comments 100%. Good luck to you though.
Todd January 17, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Lol!! Wow. God would be so proud of you. Again, have a nice day and I suggest you get some help with your anger issues. Also, you may want to quit playing with that ever so popular race card. Grow up.
CJ January 17, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Oh Todd...quit with the ''have a nice day '' stuff. Lisa has crossed that line where politeness or trying to lighten things up is a plain silly idea. I think we are way beyond that now. ''Hostile'' is an understatement in describing her. ''Drama'' is what she is all about. I originally thought it was ''you'' that took this to a very low spot..lower that you should have. I apologize. Now I am not so sure you did at all. I made an attempt to bring things down a notch with Lisa...but now I think your ''turd'' comments were not so mean after all. Lisa is a prime example of why we have problems getting along in this country. She brings to light the fact that ..yes...there is a racist problem in this country...but it is not as she sees it. It makes sane people ask just exactly who the racists are now? She makes it easy to answer that question. She is not just part of it...but very much the cause of why racism won't go away at a time when it is trying very hard to do so. Anyone else notice how racism has taken a reverse direction since Obama has been in office? It came at a time many of us of all races may have been thinking that it seemed like things were getting better. Not any more. After hearing her repeatedly mentioned God and the ''F'' word in rampant abandon, it is easy to see she is simply the very worst part of the 47%. Liberals often have the mentality that rules are for others. Few shame themselves like Lisa has here. Pretty disgusting display she has put on.
CJ January 17, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Lisa. Why are you making comments with all the curse words? I don't have the cleanest mouth in the world , either...but I also know you can't use that language here in a ''Patch'' blog. Or hardly any other blog either, for that matter. Why don't you know that? All it is going to do is get your comments deleted. I hate censorship and personally feel your language should stay put...at least it shows just the way you really are. I prefer to see people that way instead of how deleting peoples comments just taints the blog and makes it not real any longer. I will be surprised if many of your comments are allowed to remain. The only reason I am mentioning this is because I have my share of comments deleted, so I can recognize when somebody else is getting ready to see their comments disappear. I don't even use the curse words. I often get my comments censored because I make provocative comments that are often considered too harsh. We are all big people here...even you....but it is shame you are so set in your ways. Your attitude brings out the worst in people.
Todd January 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I hear ya. The racial divide is a shame. That is one angry girl no doubt.
CJ January 17, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Lisa. I just saw on the news where they are now offering a $50,000 reward for the murderer you mentioned above. That seems like a significant amount and larger than what is usually heard of...especailly so soon. This ought to give you a littel more faith in ths system you seem to detest so much. Does it? Just keep in mind...this guy could have probably already been caught if people who knew him were probably not helping him remain hidden. That said, he is probably not good enough of a friend to keep quiet about if $50,000 is being offered, though.
Jennifer silva January 17, 2013 at 08:30 PM
This is all very funny... all this is do to poor economy poor education and people falling through the cracks. Do you know the chance of a person with a felony conviction has a 30% chance higher of going back to prison more then once after the first time. Why because of economy. Felony conviction rate's for gainful employment is ridiculous. If you don't know some that can get you in to a good job your looking at a minimum wage job and you can support a family on minimum wage. So they turn to doing illegal activity to support there family. Then in turn whined right back in the system multiple time's. The system needs to create a better felony support system for non-violent offences so that when they return home from prison or lengthy jail time they can go out and find that gainful employment
lisa raye January 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM
im not angry hungry just dnt mind speaking out and addressing anyone. and umm you may be divided but not me my boyfriend is white and i see him as a person not a race. really i do apologize i should have not let the post take me out of character i was only stating my opinion before i was attacked by you guys. i'm really working on not letting people push me into a situation where i have to be hostile, so again i apologize and good luck to you and your future.
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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