SARASOTA, FL. – November 7, 2017 – 2:30 p.m.
Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will hold a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11 a.m., in the 2nd Floor Community Room, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Media planning to attend are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. to allow for an on-time start.
The news conference is in reference to a major operation that started in early 2017 and ended in late October 2017. The operation resulted in a significant number of arrests of street level drug dealers openly selling illegal narcotics in the City of Sarasota.
The Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit completed the long term operation with the purpose of disrupting open-air drug markets within the City of Sarasota. The operation was conducted with undercover detectives making drug buys from suspected street level dealers in areas that intelligence-led policing proved to be highest in drug crimes.