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Drug investigation leads Tallahassee Police to seize $330,000 worth of drugs off the street

Suspected drug-trafficker arrested
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Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 14:13:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Roughly $330,000 worth of drugs are now off the street after a months-long Tallahassee Police Department investigation into drug trafficking around the Capital City.

TPD announced an arrest in the investigation Thursday afternoon. Police said the arrest is part of a months-long investigation into a suspect believed to be involved in drug trafficking.

The investigation revealed a possible home for the suspect in the 2300 block of Quazar Circle so, on Wednesday, TPD located the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Cortez Johnson, at his home and took him into custody.

While on scene, a K-9 alerted that there were drugs inside a vehicle parked in front of the home, which Johnson had been seen driving. When they searched it, officers found 39 grams of cocaine, six grams of Alpha PVP (i.e. Flakka), marijuana, and a loaded revolver.

Inside the home, officers also found marijuana, drug paraphernalia in Johnson's jacket pocket, and seized $3,000 in cash.

TPD said Johnson's arrest stemmed from an investigation that began on Aug. 26 when TPD received a call for service in the 2600 block of West Tennessee Street for drugs found in what appeared to be an empty apartment.

A search of that apartment uncovered cocaine, close to 12 ounces of Alpha PVP, drug paraphernalia, and $84,000 in cash. Police said the street value of the seized drugs was approximately $330,000.

Investigators ultimately determined that the drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash found in both homes belonged to Johnson.

"This investigation is a testament to TPD’s commitment to protecting the community by addressing the illegal sale of narcotics," TPD wrote in the release sent Thursday.

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