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Clearwater police seeking wanted man uncover drug operation


POLICE seeking fugitive find drug operation

Police looking for a wanted man Monday stumbled upon a drug operation on Drew Street, authorities say. Police arrested Peter Alberto Cruz, 25, and Miguel Antonio Lopez, 24, both of Clearwater, on charges of armed cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Police seized more than an ounce of cocaine, 3 pounds of marijuana, $930 in cash, unidentified pills, a .45-caliber handgun with ammunition and a 2000 Plymouth Neon. Clearwater police went to an apartment at 1495 Drew St. about 3:15 p.m. to see if a wanted suspect from Pennsylvania was there. After police set up a perimeter around the home, they found Lopez at the front door. While officers were talking to him, Cruz tried to leave through a back door, authorities said. The cocaine found has a street value between $800 and $1,200, and the marijuana goes for $500 to $1,000 a pound, police said. On Tuesday, both men were in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail.

Family fun, fitness day at Long Center

The Long Center, 501 N Belcher Road, will hold a family fun and fitness day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free activities will include an open swim at the indoor pool, open gym, table tennis, a blood drive, fitness class demonstrations, inflatable bounces for kids, and animals from Moccasin Lake Nature Park. The Aging Well Center will also be open to the public. Call (727) 793-2320.


City residents can get free trees

Dunedin residents can pick up free trees Saturday at the annual Arbor Day tree giveaway at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. From 8:30 a.m. to noon, people who show proof of residency via a driver's license or utility bill can choose two 3-gallon trees per household. Varieties include crape myrtle (red, pink, white or lavender), live oak, red maple, Southern magnolia, bald cypress, slash pine and red bottlebrush. Literature on planting and watering methods also is available. For more information, call (727) 298-3278.

Ceramics artist set for coffee talk

Ceramics artist Gail Wynne is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's monthly "free coffee and conversation" series. At noon Thursday, Wynne will talk about working with clay, will demonstrate hand-building techniques and will present an exhibit and slideshow of her work. For more information, visit, call (727) 298-DFAC or e-mail

Clearwater police seeking wanted man uncover drug operation 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:43pm]
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