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Authorities arrest 35 during major drug bust in Sarasota, Fla.

September 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities arrest 35 during major drug bust in Sarasota, Fla.

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Deputies arrested 35 suspects during an alleged drug bust as part of a wide-ranging  investigation of the North Trail of U.S. 41 in Sarasota, Florida, a location with an extensive history of crime and drug dealing, a move that police believe will bring criminal activity in the area down.

“This is a major thorough way to the beautiful part of Sarasota; this could be beautiful. It just needs a small step forward,” the owner of the Regency Inn and Suites, Jay Patel, stated during a press conference.

The drug bust was the result five-month investigation by Sarasota law enforcement officials, which involved the surveillance of various spots across the city, which helped lead to the arrests of dealers who sold heroin, cocaine and everything else.

“About six to seven people on the board that I have seen here,” Patel said as he looked through mug shots of the suspects during the announcement.

Patel has already recognized a big difference in the area since the sting was carried out.

“This is the first year I have seen where there is less activity on the trail. The negative activity,” he said.

According to Fox News13, Those arrested combined have over 327 prior felonies. Sarasota police officers said the community played a significant role in the investigation.

“They have real concerns about their safety, their neighborhoods, they want to live and raise their families and work in peace,” said Sarasota Police Captain Corinne Stannish.

Although the Sarasota police Department has made significant strides in reducing criminal activity as a result of the operation, they are also aware that it is a never-ending battle against drug dealers but are hopeful that they can continue to put a stop to it.

In addition to the 35 arrests, Sarasota Police Officers are still searching for two suspects, who remain at-large, identified as Glenford Bryan and Cordarryl Rogers.

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