ST. PETERSBURG — A pair of troubled U.S. 19 motels were targeted in a three-month drug sting that resulted Thursday in arrest warrants for 18 people, police said.
The arrests took place at the Mosley Motel, 401 34th St. N, and the Economy Inn Stadium Motel, 451 34th St. N. Police said the suspects sold crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills there, and that they began the investigation after many neighborhood complaints.
Now, police said, both motels will be reviewed by the city's nuisance abatement board, a legal arm of the police department, to determine if the motel owners face penalties because of the drug activity. Two years ago, the nearby Economy Inn Express, whose owner also runs the Mosley, came under the abatement board's review.
Arrested in Thursday's bust and charged with various sale and possession drug charges were the following St. Petersburg residents: Sylvia Banoski, 54; Andrew Boose, 20; Roshawn Davis, 16; Latorrian Holloway, 33; Jarried Simpson, 39; and Ray Swan, 31.