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Pasco authorities arrest nearly three dozen in drug crackdown

NEW PORT RICHEY — Authorities arrested nearly three dozen people who they say are street level drug dealers and users.

Most of the 35 people arrested across Pasco County late Tuesday and early Wednesday face charges related to the use of prescription narcotics, which have plagued law enforcement throughout Tampa Bay.

"We have seen about 60 to 70 percent of our cases as a result of the prescription drug problem in Pasco County," said Pasco County Sheriff's Office Lt. Charles Balderstone in a prepared statement.

The arrests follow a sixth-month undercover operation involving the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and New Port Richey police.

Of the 35 people arrested, charges included trafficking controlled substances, selling or possessing a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, grand theft and cultivation of marijuana.

Authorities said they expect more arrests.

Pasco authorities arrest nearly three dozen in drug crackdown 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:39pm]

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