CLEARWATER — Narcotics detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested 23 people Tuesday at six local strip clubs on various drug violations as part of a six-month undercover operation.
As part of "Operation Adult Use," detectives arrested dancers, employees and customers who were selling narcotic painkillers, antianxiety drugs and cocaine, the Sheriff's Office said.
"From time to time, we'll go into the adult locations just to review the activities and make sure they're complying with liquor laws … and it was becoming increasingly less difficult for the detectives to purchase narcotics from dancers and customers," Capt. Robert Alfonso said.
In particular, employees and patrons were offering prescription drugs, Alfonso said. Most of Tuesday's arrests were for possession and sale of oxycodone and roxycodone.
The Sheriff's Office said the investigation focused on activity at the following clubs: Bliss Cabaret, 3860 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater; Oz Ladies and Gentlemen's Club, 13577 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; Baby Dolls, 13383 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; Diamond Dolls, 16361 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater; Badda Bing Gentlemen's Club, 8855 Ulmerton Road, Largo; and 24K Gold Club, 16717 US 19, Clearwater.
Arrested were Edmund Berrien, 39, of Clearwater; Roger Booth, 47, of Clearwater; Casandra Bywater, 19, of St. Petersburg; Cynthia Davis, 30, of Clearwater; Toni Day, 19, of St. Petersburg; Danielle Dito, 21, of Clearwater; Stacey Frascello, 26, of St. Petersburg; Deja Jansky, 22, last address unknown; Jessica R. Jones, 26, last address unknown; De Mon Kelley, 31, of St. Petersburg; Steven Korsko, 38, last address unknown; Krista Livingston, last address unknown, 29; Crystal Locklin, 19, of St. Petersburg; Brittany McKinniss, 21, of Tarpon Springs; Alena Nemeth, 24, of Clearwater; Tiffany Price, 23, of Clearwater; Derek Scott, 36, of St. Petersburg; Joscolyn Smith, 19, of Clearwater; April Stern, 22, of Dunedin; Charles Towns, 36, of Clearwater; Melissa Venditti, 27, of St. Pete Beach; Jacqueline N. Warren, 23, of St. Petersburg; and Sara Wilkes, 22, of St. Petersburg.
Two others were arrested on warrants unrelated to the investigation.
Detectives are looking for several others connected to the investigation, which is ongoing.