Police arrested 11 people, including five Pasco County residents, in a series of reverse stings over the weekend. An undercover officer stood on the corner of Lime Street and Safford Avenue about five hours and was approached by people who wanted to buy cocaine, said Tarpon Springs Police Chief Keith Bergstrom. After the undercover officer sold the drug, other officers would arrest the buyer, Bergstrom said.
One suspect was accompanied 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.
From 5 to 10 p.m., the undercover officer sold 8.2 grams of cocaine, which had a street value of $600, Bergstrom said. Four cars were confiscated for possible forfeiture.
Fifteen officers participated in the sting. More reverse stings are planned, Bergstrom said.
Arrested and charged with possession of cocaine were:
Jaculyn Kay Dorion, 29, 120 Mitchell Court, New Port Richey.
Robert Lawrence Herbst, 34, 104 S Congress St., New Port Richey.
Raymond Floyd Wagner, 27, 1600 Palm Ave. Apt. D, New Port Richey.
Carl Peluso, 48, 9301 Huntclub Lane, Port Richey.
Paula L. Peterson, 30, 30 Ada St., Tarpon Springs.
Fred M. Ergas, 34, 113 Center St., Tarpon Springs.
Raymond S. Cooper, 47, P.O. Box 1771, Flagler Beach.
James Belmont, 36, 1454 Amy Circle, Spring Hill.
Robert Brobeil, 44, 15629 Waverly St. No. 1, Clearwater.
Mark Stuart Beasey, 33, 1216 Wisconsin Ave., Palm Harbor.
Charged with possession of marijuana was Cynthia M. Holmes, 19, 1600 N Palm Ave. Apt. D, New Port Richey.