7/09/10 - Police Tackle Drug Complaints Along 49th Street.

Gulfport, St. Petersburg - Officers from Gulfport and St. Petersburg worked their third joint detail today to address concerns about the proliferation of drug dealing along 49th Street. The St. Petersburg Police Street Crimes Unit and the Gulfport Police Special Enforcement Team combined forces, making five arrests for persons suspected of selling drugs or operating stolen vehicles.

Gulfport Police Chief, Robert Vincent, recently attended a So49 (South 49th Street Business Association) meeting, and the primary concern among those present was the perception of frequent drug trafficking on the streets and near their businesses. Crime analysis records also highlighted a significant increase recently in the number of vehicles stolen and recovered in this area. Chief Vincent communicated these concerns to St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon. Then, the Gulfport Special Enforcement Team leader, Sergeant Joshua Stone met with leaders of St. Petersburg's Street Crimes Unit to devise a plan for an immediately visible operation.

The task force spent the majority of the afternoon gathering intelligence on potential dealers, and later they made arrests on four people identified with illegal narcotics in their possession. They also carried with them a list of recently-reported stolen cars.

The list of arrested persons is as follows:

1. Bryan Freese 03/07/1977- Possession and Trafficking of Oxycodone
2. Phillip Butler 06/08/1988- Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of Marijuana
3. Elisha Andre Bright 03/03/1984- Felony Driving While License Suspended/Revoked,       Violation of Probation for Resisting an Officer With Violence.
4. James Walker 10/22/1987- Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Fleeing and Eluding, Driving while License Suspended or Revoked.
5. Alvin Wynn 04/13/1992- Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.


Chief of Police                              Public Information Officer
Robert A. Vincent                          Sgt. Robert L. Burkhart
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Gulfport Police Department
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