Thursday, November 23, 2017
Public safety

Drugs, guns seized, 29 arrested after Largo raid

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LARGO — Last fall, police started getting tips that drugs and guns were being peddled from an area in northwest Largo.

In October, undercover officers began buying drugs near Clearwater-Largo Road and Beverly Avenue. By doing undercover street-level drug buys, investigators determined that the primary distribution point for these illegal drugs was an apartment at 908 Beverly Ave., said Largo police Lt. Stephen Slaughter.

As the investigation continued, Largo teamed up with Clearwater police and the ATF to buy more drugs and guns at various locations.

On Monday, a SWAT team with a federal search warrant raided an undisclosed location. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Largo and Clearwater police rounded up a number of people who were wanted on charges based on the investigation.

In all, they arrested 29 people and seized 13 firearms, including semi-automatic rifles, a shotgun and several handguns. Four of the guns had been stolen, police said.

Police also reported seizing 20 grams of crack cocaine, 40 grams of marijuana and 40 grams of hydrocodone during the investigation.

The small apartment complex at 908 Beverly has six units. Neighbors who didn't want to give their names Thursday said they had seen quite a bit of foot traffic going back and forth from one of the apartments.

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