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Proactive community patrol leads police to arrest man for selling cocaine

Proactive community patrol leads police to arrest man for selling cocaine
Posted at 1:28 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 15:41:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A Tallahassee man has been arrested after police spotted him selling cocaine in front of a local gas station.  

According to court documents, on Tuesday at 6:21 p.m., officers were patrolling around the Marathon gas station on South Adams Street.

While surveying this location, police became suspicious of a silver Nissan Frontier. The Nissan was parked at the station, when a white Sedan pulled up next the Nissan. A man got out of the Sedan and got into the passenger side of the Nissan.

Police say seconds later, the man exited the Nissan, ran back to the Sedan and quickly drove off. The Nissan also quickly left the parking lot.

Believing that a drug sale had just taken place, officers went searching for the vehicles. Police located the Nissan on Osceola Street, and approached the vehicle as the driver was getting out the car.

Officers asked the driver, Anthony Earnest, 26, if they could speak with him, and he agreed. When officers moved closer to the Nissan they were able to smell the odor of burnt cannabis coming from Earnest and the car.

Documents say officers searched the Nissan and found 16 individual plastic bags of cocaine. Next to the cocaine was $60 in cash.  

Earnest was transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. He is being charged with cocaine possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.