St. Pete police round up drug suspects after four-month investigation

ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly 30 people were arrested Friday on various charges as detectives concluded a four-month investigation of drug related activity at several St. Petersburg motels.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, narcotics detectives fanned out across the city to round up more than 60 people accused of dealing in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and other drugs, according to police.

In addition to the arrests, police planned to issue nuisance abatement orders against two St. Petersburg motels that were the focus of much of the drug activity the investigation uncovered, police said. The Empress Motel, at 1503 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, and the Tops Motel, at 7141 Fourth St. N, were the scenes of numerous drug transactions, police said.

By Friday afternoon, 29 people had been arrested.

Manji Jethwa, 61, the owner of the Empress Motel, was among those arrested Friday on a charge of fraud, which police said was related to his use of a federal food assistance card that did not belong to him.

Police were continuing to pursue the remaining suspects Friday evening.

St. Pete police round up drug suspects after four-month investigation 03/30/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 6:46pm]

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