CLEARWATER — Clearwater police made seven drug-related arrests and discovered $17,000 worth of crack cocaine during a two-day drug sweep.
The raid, which took place Tuesday and Wednesday, involved officers executing search warrants at four locations: 1616 N Madison St., 207 S Pennsylvania Ave., 1714 Bentley St. and 1408 Arden Ave.
Officers also confiscated seven guns, including an assault rifle and two others that were reported stolen, as well as three cars, marijuana and cash, Clearwater police said.
"Getting these guns out of the hands of criminals and getting these drugs off the streets is a huge deal," said Clearwater Police Chief Tony Holloway. "We want these drug dealers to know that we're watching them, and we're coming for them."
The arrested are Marquis Bass, 20; Freddie Patterson, 20, Jamayn Johnson, 35; Daryl Dixon, 27; Eric Riles, 45; Fatini Morad, 48; and Willie Daniels, 31, all of Clearwater. Charges include trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest without violence, and sale and possession of crack cocaine.
All were booked into the Pinellas County jail.