Police say 'beefed-up' patrols led to arrests and prevented crimes

Along Northeast Eighth Avenue, suspected drug dealer arrested and teens' scooter theft is thwarted.

Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:33 p.m.

The Gainesville Police Department's newly launched redeployment of more officers on the streets resulted in some arrests Thursday night that may have prevented some crimes.

Undercover officers were working an area of Northeast Eighth Avenue that police say is known to be frequented by drug dealers, according to an arrest report. They spotted one man in the 1600 block who made a transaction with another man and then got something from a nearby upside down plastic bowl.

Officers moved in and said they found crack cocaine and ecstasy in the bowl. Arrested was Eric Travon White, 19, of 2427 N.W. 59th Ave. He was charged with possession with intent to sell a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church.

Meanwhile, officers on patrol in another neighborhood responded to calls about two juveniles looking at scooters in a garage and a parking lot, said Lt. Allan Willis.

When officers questioned the youths, one volunteered that they were looking for scooters to steal, police said. The two were charged with loitering and prowling.

"With the beefed up [patrols] on the street, we are trying to do a more visual deterrent and apprehension in different areas that we have identified as hot spots," Willis said. "If we have an area where we have an ongoing issue we are going to put more people out there."

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