Undercover officers make multiple drug arrests in Gainesville sting


Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

Members of the Gainesville Police Department's Patrol, Special Operations Unit and the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force conducted a “buy bust” operation Thursday throughout Gainesville, resulting in multiple drug arrests.

The arrests were made at locations on both the east and west side of town and involved undercover officers attempting to buy drugs from targeted individuals. Here are the details, as alleged in the resulting arrest reports and information provided by GPD:

Joseph H. Rawls, 38, and Carlton C. Williams, 51, of Gainesville, were arrested on charges of sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a child care center and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers contacted Rawls at a corner in the 800 block of Northeast 16th Terrace, and he agreed to direct them to locations to buy drugs. He got into the officers' car and took them to a residence in the 2200 block of Northeast Seventh Place but was unable to get any drugs there. He then took the officers to the Gainesville Food Store, located at 1634 NE Eighth Ave., and was able to persuade Williams to sell the officers 1 gram of powder cocaine contained in three baggies.

The sale took place across the street from a day-care center.

Both men were booked into the Alachua County jail, where they both remained Friday in lieu of $15,000 bond.

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Undercover officers contacted Jasmine D. Crawford, 20, outside an apartment at Lake Terrace Apartments, a public housing complex located at 9 SE 26th Terrace, where she sold them three small baggies containing 4.6 grams of marijuana for $27.

After the sale, arrest teams swarmed the scene, at which point three people fled into an occupied apartment. The owner told police the three were uninvited and unwelcome.

Crawford was arrested on charges of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of public housing and possession of drug equipment. She was booked into the jail and remained there Friday in lieu of $6,301 bond. The three people who fled police were arrested on trespassing charges.

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Undercover officers approached Suzanne Haas, 43, at the rear of the ABC Motel, located at 2000 SW 13th St., and asked to buy crack, after which she sold them 0.1 grams for $32.

When officers tried to arrest her in her motel room, she tried to shut the door on them. Once inside, officers found Stella C. Carroll, 48, on the bed trying to put a substance believed to be crack in her mouth and dropping a glass pipe. Also on the bed was Christopher Millsap, 39, who was touching a substance that later tested positive as crack.

Haas was charged with selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and maintaining a drug dwelling; she was booked into the jail and remained there Friday in lieu of $7,500 bond. Carroll was charged with destroying evidence, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia; she was booked into the jail and remained Friday in lieu of $7,500 bond. Millsap was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia; he remained jailed Friday in lieu of $7,500 bond.

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Officers approached a 37-year-old man in the 4100 block of Southwest 15th Place about buying drugs. He told the officers he had none but agreed, along with John L. Frazier, 35, to buy some and bring it back to them. The officers gave the men $40, and 15 minutes later they returned to give the officers four small baggies containing 3.7 grams of marijuana.

After their arrest, officers found an additional 0.7 grams of marijuana on Frazier. The other man gave officers a fake name, and they still were waiting as of late Friday to identify him through fingerprints.

Frazier was charged with selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He remained jailed Friday in lieu of $7,500 bond. The other man was arrested on the same charges.

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Lee E. Downer, 54, and Eric L. Johnson, 24, were arrested after Downer brokered the sale of $20 of marijuana and Johnson agreed to sell another $20 in crack cocaine. The arrests were made in the Pineridge neighborhood in the 5800 block of Northwest 23rd Terrace.

Downer was booked into the jail on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell and remained there Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond. Johnson was booked on possession of marijuana with intent to sell and remained jailed Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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