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Clearwater police seize cocaine and more than three pounds of marijuana

CLEARWATER — Police looking for a wanted suspect stumbled upon a drug operation on Drew Street Monday.

They arrested 25-year-old Peter Alberto Cruz and 24-year-old Miguel Antonio Lopez, both of Clearwater, on charges of armed cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Police seized more than an ounce of cocaine, more than 3 pounds of marijuana, about $930 in cash, some unidentified pills, a .45-caliber handgun with ammunition and a 2000 Plymouth Neon.

Clearwater police went to an apartment at 1495 Drew St. around 3:15 p.m. to see if a wanted suspect from Pennsylvania was there.

After police arrived and set up a perimeter, they found Lopez at the front door. While officers were talking to Lopez, Cruz tried to leave through a back door and was stopped by a police officer, authorities said.

Officers found the drugs and the weapon at the apartment, where both men live, according to police. They did not locate the wanted person. Police did not disclose the identity of the person or why the person was wanted.

The cocaine has a street value between $800 and $1200 and the marijuana goes for $500 to $1,000 a pound, police said.

Late Tuesday morning, both men were being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail.

Cruz does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Lopez' only conviction was for driving on a suspended or revoked license in 2008.

Clearwater police seize cocaine and more than three pounds of marijuana 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:31pm]
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