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Sting operation nets 13 drug arrests in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Police made 13 arrests, seized $500 in cash and impounded three cars in a sting operation, authorities said Monday.

The operation took place Friday night as Clearwater police officers posed as drug dealers in response to complaints of ongoing illegal drug sales along the 1200 block of Cleveland Street and near the 1400 block of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

The charges range from attempted purchase of cocaine to the arrest of Trisha Godbey, 28, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and also was wanted on two felony warrants.

Others arrested and charges:

• Clifton Moore, 46, attempted purchase of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• John Hamm, 36, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Elton Garcia, 39, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Eugene Hanson, 43, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Dean Haines, 45, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Joseph Vella, 30, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Truet Edwards, 43, attempted purchase of cocaine.

• Jamie Barnes, 42, possession of controlled substance.

• Jacqueline Tate, 23, sale and possession of cocaine.

• Dexter McCloud, 27, manufacture/possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana.

• Derek Jenkins, 31, manufacture/possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana.

• Shawn Tisdale, 32, manufacture/possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana.

Sting operation nets 13 drug arrests in Clearwater 12/13/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 8:55pm]

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