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TPD arrests 3 suspected drug dealers in Tallahassee

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 13:46:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested a woman and two men for selling crack near a local pre-school after an undercover operation on Wednesday.

The Tallahassee Police Department says they recently received numerous citizen complaints regarding “open air” drug sales in various areas of the community. According to arrest documents, an undercover officer spoke to 45-year-old Leon Early at the intersection of Pensacola Street and Mabry Street and agreed to buy crack cocaine from him.

Documents say Early then handed the money to 31-year-old Ashley Meadows who was standing near by. Investigators say Meadows handed Early the drugs and Early then handed the drugs to the undercover officer.

After the purchase, the undercover officer called in back up to detain both Early and Meadows. When they spoke to Early, they said "Early would only say that he was involved in making change for a $20 bill. He did not admit to being involved in a drug transaction."

Because the sale was made within 1,000 feet of The Learning Pavilion (formerly known as The Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services), both were charged with selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a child care facility. They were transported to the Leon County Detention Facility for processing.

Police say 65-year-old Clarence Moss was also arrested for the sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a child care facility and trespassing on Wednesday, but his arrest documents have not been made available yet so the circumstances of the arrest are unknown at this time.

Clarence is being held on no bond while Meadows and Early are being held on a $2,500 bond.

TPD encourages all citizens to notify police when they see criminal activity.