Police arrested 11 people in a series of reverse stings this past weekend, Chief Keith Bergstrom said. An undercover officer stood on the corner of Lime Street and Safford Avenue about five hours and was approached by people wanting to buy cocaine, Bergstrom said. After the undercover officer sold the drug, others would arrest the buyer, Bergstrom said.
One man brought his two sons, 5 and 6 years old, and was charged with child abuse. An aunt took custody of the children, Bergstrom said.
"This operation was directed against buyers so we can get at the supply side and demand side of the illegal drug market," he said. Since 1986, the department has conducted 25 reverse stings.
From 5 to 10 p.m., the undercover officer sold 8.2 grams of cocaine at a street value of $600, Bergstrom said. Four cars were confiscated for possible forfeiture.
Fifteen officers participated in the stings. More reverse stings are planned, Bergstrom said.
Arrested and charged were:
Jaculyn Kay Dorion, 29, of 120 Mitchell Court, New Port Richey, on possession of cocaine.
Paula L. Peterson, 30, of 30 Ada St., Tarpon Springs, on possession of cocaine.
Raymond S. Cooper, 47, of P.O. Box 1771, Flagler Beach, on possession of cocaine.
Fred M. Ergas, 34, of 113 Center St., Tarpon Springs, on possession of cocaine.
Robert Lawrence Herbst, 34, of 104 S Congress St., New Port Richey, on possession of cocaine.
Raymond Floyd Wagner, 27, of 1600 Palm Ave. Apt. D, New Port Richey, on possession of cocaine.
James Belmont, 36, of 1454 Amy Circle, Spring Hill, on possession of cocaine.
Robert Brobeil, 44, of 15629 Waverly St. No. 1, Clearwater, on possession of cocaine.
Cynthia M. Holmes, 19, of 1600 N Palm Ave. Apt. D, New Port Richey, on possession of marijuana.
Mark Stuart Beasey, 33, of 1216 Wisconsin Ave., Palm Harbor, on possession of cocaine.
Carl Peluso, 48, of 9301 Huntclub Lane, Port Richey, on possession of cocaine.