SARASOTA, Fla. – June 3, 2014 – 4 p.m.
On Friday, May 30, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Unit and Patrol Unit, conducted an Undercover Street Reverse Operation in Fredd Atkins Park, 2581 N. Washington Court, Sarasota.
This operation consisted of police officers working in an undercover capacity to pose as drug dealers and sell to those individuals looking to purchase illegal narcotics in the park. Subjects were then immediately arrested.
As a result of the operation, one subject was arrested as officers observed him selling marijuana in the area of the park. Nine other subjects were arrested as a result of purchasing narcotics from undercover officers.
“This is an ongoing effort by the Sarasota Police Department to target both the sellers and the buyers of illegal narcotics within the City of Sarasota to create a safer atmosphere for our citizens. This operation is in response to complaints from city residents,” said Lt. Pat Ledwith, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department.