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20 arrested on drug charges in Largo's Baskins area

LARGO — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested 20 people called "street-level drug dealers and gang members" in Baskins on Thursday. Detectives are searching for 21 additional suspects.

Eight suspects are members of the Young Souljas gang, which first appeared in Baskins in October 2008. According to deputies, all those arrested were picked up on a variety of drug-related charges including possession of and sales of crack cocaine, marijuana and roxicodone, and purchase of controlled substances.

Arrested on charges of purchasing or selling crack cocaine were Donald L. Harris, 51; Demarius L. Hill, 24; Alonzo L. McCray, 33; Tyronda C. Bascomb, 28; Justin Wade, 20; Gerald Mansfield, 19; Dietra Barber, 27; Joseph Wilkins, 56; Tajuana Dixon, 32; Cordarious Smith, 25; and Dale Baldwin, 18.

Arrested on charges of sale and possession of marijuana was Naji J. Dennard, 36.

Young Souljas arrested on charges of selling and/or possession of crack cocaine, cocaine and/or roxicodone were Antonio G. Towns, 18; Johnny Marshall, 23; Lenwood Hall, 18; Brandon Bennett, 18; Dedrick Redding, 17; Gary Ladarios, 20; and Savone Brown, 14. A gang member arrested on charges of selling and possessing marijuana was Deontay Dampier, 19.

The roundup was part of a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and Baskins neighborhood leaders.

20 arrested on drug charges in Largo's Baskins area 05/09/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 9, 2009 4:31am]
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