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Two stops, 10 hours, four drug-trafficking related arrests, Clearwater officials say.

CLEARWATER — In about a 10-hour span, Clearwater police made two similar traffic stops that yielded a total of six arrests, including four that were related to drug trafficking, authorities said Monday.

At 4:15 p.m. Sunday, officers patrolling the 400 block of Mandalay Avenue stopped a 2003 Crown Victoria for a tint violation, public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

Neither of the men in the car had a valid license and both were asked to step out of the vehicle. Police found a semiautomatic firearm in plain view, 36 oxycodone tablets and 14 Xanax tablets.

The man at the wheel, 21-year-old Derek Flowers, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended driver's license with knowledge. He and the passenger, Cornelius Lloyd, 21, of St. Petersburg, were in the Pinellas County Jail.

Lloyd, a felon, was charged with trafficking in oxycodone, possession of Xanax and possession of a firearm.

The second batch of arrests took place at 2:09 a.m. Monday on U.S. 19 and Enterprise Road. Clearwater police stopped a Cadillac DTS, also for a window tint violation. Officers smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. Inside the Cadillac, they found two firearms and two metal tins containing narcotics.

Among the items seized, Watts said, were 111 Xanax tablets, 0.6 ounces of oxycodone, 0.035 ounces of powder cocaine, 0.035 ounces of marijuana, a semiautomatic Glock and a semiautomatic Ruger.

Police arrested Aldo Jogan, 36, of St. Petersburg; Alberto Jogan, 36, of St. Petersburg; and Howard Gonzalez, 39, of Tarpon Springs. All three men were in the county jail. A fourth man, Paul Tarantino, 33, of Dunedin was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and released.

Two stops, 10 hours, four drug-trafficking related arrests, Clearwater officials say. 01/11/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 11:14pm]
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