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16 arrested in TPD operation targeting drug activity, crime in Tallahassee

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 12:06:28-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department said Monday that they've arrested a total of 16 people after a week-long operation targeting illegal drug activity and crime near the North Monroe Street area.

TPD said they recently conducted a week-long operation to "address community concerns regarding quality of life issues" in the North Monroe Street/ I-10 area.

During the week of Feb. 1, officers conducted investigations in the area in response to community complaints about illegal drug activity and crimes.

As a result of the operation, more than a dozen individuals were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from driving-related offenses to trafficking in methamphetamine.

Those arrested and charged with crimes related to the investigation are as follows:

  • Brandi Stidham, 37, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Brendan Calvano, 35, for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended and/or revoked with knowledge and destruction of evidence.
  • Dexter Christian, 44, for sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Josephus McCloud Jr., 55, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Stephanie Simmons, 36, for trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of synthetic cannabinoid with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of a controlled substance (multiple counts), possession of drug paraphernalia and keeping a place where drugs are kept and/or sold.
  • Robert Hogan, 62, for possession of cocaine.
  • Kristy Walters, 41, for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Karen Smith, 60, for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Antonio Coates, 34, for fleeing and/or eluding, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, driving while license suspended and/or revoked with knowledge and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • James Suggs, 63, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Destiny Meaux, 33, for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"These arrests reflect TPD's concerted effort to address illegal drug activity in the city," TPD wrote in a release sent Monday. "This type of illegal activity and the collateral crimes that go hand-in-hand with it drastically affect all aspects of life and frequently lead to more violent crimes."

If you see this type of activity, you are asked to report it by calling TPD at 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.