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Pinellas Sheriff, Tarpon Springs Police Arrest 14 in Drug Sting

Pinellas County Sheriff | Tarpon Springs Police | Crime

Another seven suspects are still being sought as a result of “Operation Room Service,” a sting operation the two agencies conducted for more than two months.

TARPON SPRINGS -Fourteen were arrested Friday (Aug. 14) after a sting operation that began June 30 as part of a collaboration between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

One of those arrested was Jareem Roach, a witness in the Dec. 21 shooting death of Tarpon Springs police Office Charles Kondek, according to sheriff’s deputies. Roach, 25, of 199 Grand Blvd, Tarpon Springs, Apt. 5, Tarpon Springs, was charged with possession of marijuana and four counts each of the sale of crack cocaine and the possession of crack cocaine.

Deputies said the partnership between the two agencies – called “Operation Room Service” – was designed to target narcotics sales in and around the Tarpon Inn and the Sun Bay Motel, both in Tarpon Springs. During the operation, detectives purchased drugs from 21 different suspects. As a result of this operation, a total of 84 criminal charges were established. The majority of the charges included narcotics sales involving crack cocaine. Other charges include sale of methamphetamine, sale of Oxycodone, and felon in possession of a firearm. Fourteen were arrested and detectives are seeking seven more.

Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen described the narcotics issues at the local motels as a “Charlotte’s Web of drug dealing thugs, all interconnected.” He said that “Operation Room Service” was a “very successful operation” and good partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Also arrested, according to deputies:

Lester Hayes, 45
110 W. Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs
Charges: Felon in Possession of Firearm, Sale of Oxycodone (3 counts), Possession of Oxycodone (3 counts)

Sherman Allenyne, 24
2450 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

Kendra Green, 26
34106 U.S. 19, #421, Palm Harbor
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 Counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

Gary Bracknel, 46
110 W Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

Jordan O’Connell, 23
110 W Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Sale of Oxycodone, Possession of Oxycodone

Lamont Anderson, 35
1409 Mayberry Lane, Holiday
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

Michael Castillo, 29
890 16th St., Palm Harbor
Charges: Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine

Anthony Gonzalez, 23
5449 Baroque Drive, Holiday
Charges: Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana

Cameron James O’Connell, 17
110 W Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

William Kitchens, 25
1411 Silveroak Drive, Tarpon Springs
Charges: Possession of Roxymorphone

Leonard Campbell, 42
425 E Lime St., Apt. C, Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Cameron McKenzie, 37
514 E Morgan St., Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Cocaine (2 counts)

Jerome Joe, 28
608 North Ave., Tarpon Springs
Charges: Sale of Crack Cocaine (2 counts), Possession of Crack Cocaine (2 counts)

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