Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota Police held a press conference Monday to announce what they called a significant drug bust, which led to the arrest of two mid-level local suppliers.
Sarasota Sheriff's Narcotics detectives began Operation Hammerhead in 2012 after they received an anonymous complaint of drug sales in area nightclubs by Anthony Snead.
Within weeks of starting the investigation, which included wiretapping his phone, detectives learned of patterns of marijuana delivery to Snead's home. On April 23, detectives learned nearly five pounds of marijuana were being delivered to his home and executed a search.
Detectives recovered the five-pound delivery packaged in vacuum-sealed bags with various marijuana strands written on them.They also found more than $131,000 in his home.
They learned Snead had been receiving the five-pound deliveries of high-grade marijuana, at $5,000 per pound, about once a week for the past couple of years. In all, Snead paid between $780,000 to $1,000,000 per year for the marijuana.
Sarasota's police chief hopes this operation sends a clear message.
"There is nothing that our detectives will not stop investigating until we find all the drug dealers and the drug users in our city and in our community. It's unacceptable, it's dangerous, it causes violent crime," said Chief Bernadette DiPino.
Police also are sending a warning out to other drug dealers. They said this investigation is ongoing and they will take it to the highest level they can. More arrests could come.
Snead, 66, has been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell and transportation of drug paraphernalia. Also during the bust, Snead's partner 38-year-old Andy Charlton, was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell and transportation of drug paraphernalia.
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