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Clearwater drug raid nets two arrests, crack, prescription pills

CLEARWATER — Detectives arrested two people and seized crack cocaine and prescription pills during a drug raid Tuesday evening, police said.

Michael Palmore, 46, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, four counts of sale of cocaine, five counts of possession of cocaine, sale and possession of oxycodone, and possession of Alprazolam and marijuana.

Bonitta Esposito, 44, was charged with possession of morphine and violation of probation on a drug possession charge.

Police had received tips that drugs were being sold from the home, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.

Palmore then sold cocaine and pills to undercover officers from a home at 208 S Hillcrest Ave. on numerous occasions in December and early January, according to arrest reports.

When the narcotics unit and other officers executed the search warrant about 6:40 p.m., Palmore ran, then hit an officer as he was being taken into custody, police said.

Detectives found 15 grams of crack cocaine, various prescription pills and about $350 in cash.

Esposito, who was also at the house when it was raided, had a morphine pill on her, according to an arrest report.

Palmore, who lives at the Hillcrest address, was being held Wednesday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $74,000 bail. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Palmore, who also goes by the name Mike A. Smith, was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon in Pinellas County in 1985 and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Most recently, he was released from prison in January 2010 after a conviction on cocaine possession charges in 2007.

Esposito, of 15 N Jefferson Ave., was being held without bail on the probation violation.

Clearwater drug raid nets two arrests, crack, prescription pills 01/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:14pm]

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