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Five arrested on drug charges in Palm Harbor

Published Sep. 3, 2005

Two separate undercover drug investigations in Palm Harbor resulted in the arrests of five people Wednesday night.

According to arrest reports, Anderson DeCarvalho, 25, of New Port Richey and Luis C. Melendez, 42, of Port Richey agreed to sell more than 400 grams of cocaine to an undercover county detective on Wednesday night. They were arrested after delivering more than 200 grams of a substance deputies believed to be cocaine, the reports said.

But lab tests have revealed the substance delivered was not cocaine, said Pinellas sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg Tita. The charges will be changed to selling a counterfeit drug and attempted grand theft, Tita said.

Both were being held Thursday in the Pinellas County jail. Bail was set at $50,000.

In addition, three men were arrested Wednesday night after meeting with an undercover detective in the parking lot of a strip center on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor while in possession of 171 grams of cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit.

Tanner B. Moore, 22, of Palm Harbor, Ryan Flores, 21, of Palm Harbor and Antonios Oikonomou, 20, of Holiday were charged with trafficking in powder cocaine. Flores and Moore also were charged with selling 56 grams of cocaine to an undercover detective July 11.

Additionally, Moore was charged with selling 28 grams of marijuana to an undercover detective for $125 on June 20 and another 28 grams of marijuana for $115 on July 5. And Flores was charged with selling 2 grams of cocaine to an undercover detective for $140 on July 8.

Pinellas sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita said the arrests were part of an ongoing investigation.

"(Drug trafficking) is an ongoing problem," Tita said. "It's not going away. And we are still putting people in jail."

Moore was being held Thursday in jail with bail set at $240,000. Flores was being held in jail with bail set at $220,000. Oikonomou was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond.