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209 arrested in cocaine sweep

More than $24,000 in property was seized and 209 people were arrested in a 24-hour sweep aimed at Hillsborough County's crack cocaine dealers. Rockpile X, the second statewide crackdown this year against crack cocaine sales, ended at midnight Friday after Hillsborough sheriff's deputies and Tampa police had seized more than 2.4 ounces of crack cocaine and 21.2 ounces of cocaine powder. "Every so often we have a statewide sweep. It's supposed to keep street crack dealers on their toes," said sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa. In Hillsborough County, officials seized $11,056 in cash and three vehicles with a value of $13,300, Espinosa said. Authorities also confiscated a handgun and a rifle. Plant City, Temple Terrace and Tampa police officers also participated in the crackdown. Espinosa said sheriff's deputies made 201 of the arrests. The Rockpile operations, which originated in Broward County, have resulted in 1,327 arrests in Hillsborough County, Espinosa said.Man on bicycle shot in chest

LARGO _ A 27-year-old Largo man was shot in the chest while riding his bicycle early Saturday, authorities said. Stanley L. Philpot was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Pinellas County sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha. He was reported in critical condition after surgery. Philpot was riding his bicycle about 1:30 a.m. near Gus's Bar at 1263 Baskins Crossing, Pasha said. He stopped to talk to two men parked in a light-colored vehicle, similar to a Jeep. The passenger fired several shots at Philpot, who had begun to ride away, Pasha said. Philpot, of 13615 120 Lane N, collapsed a short distance away. The men drove away. No arrests have been made.

Two killed, one injured in crash

LARGO _ Two people were killed and one was injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night, police said. No identities were available late Saturday. The injured person was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition. The accident occurred at Missouri Avenue and Fourth Avenue NW about 9:30 p.m., police said, closing Missouri Avenue for several hours. No further information was available.

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