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St. Petersburg police arrest 29 during drug investigation

ST. PETERSBURG

Police arrest 29 during drug investigation

Nearly 30 people were arrested Friday on various charges as detectives concluded a four-month investigation of drug related activity at several St. Petersburg motels. On Friday morning, narcotics detectives fanned out across the city to round up more than 60 people accused of dealing in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and other drugs, according to police. In addition to the arrests, police planned to issue orders against two St. Petersburg motels that were the focus of much of the drug activity the investigation uncovered, police said. The Empress Motel, at 1503 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, and the Tops Motel, at 7141 Fourth St. N, were the scenes of numerous drug transactions, police said. By Friday afternoon, 29 people had been arrested. Manji Jethwa, 61, the owner of the Empress Motel, was among those arrested Friday on a charge of fraud, which police said was related to his use of a federal food assistance card that did not belong to him. Police were continuing to pursue the remaining suspects Friday evening.

PEMBROKE PINES

Motorists catch robber's loose cash

Authorities say South Florida motorists chased after cash that flew from a suspected bank robber's backpack as he sped down Interstate 75 on a motorcycle. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports a Wells Fargo bank branch in Pembroke Pines was robbed Thursday by a man wearing sunglasses, face paint and an orange baseball cap. As the suspect fled southbound on I-75, the cash started flying out of his backpack. The FBI asks that anyone who scooped up cash should call Broward County Crime Stoppers to return it. Officials didn't say how much money was taken.

St. Petersburg police arrest 29 during drug investigation 03/30/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 10:58pm]
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