Monday, May 23, 2011

Apalachicola Police make key drug bust

Kendrick Parker
There are fewer illegal drugs on the streets of Apalachicola today due in part to the ongoing efforts of the Apalachicola Police Department to eradicate the sale and use of the illegal substance.

Evidence of the department’s resolve was demonstrated yesterday when a 21-year-old Port St. Joe man landed in the Franklin County Jail on drug charges, according to a report from Apalachicola Police Chief Bobby Varnes.

Kendrick Parker of Port St. Joe was arrested and placed into custody by Apalachicola Police Officer Anthony Croom, Jr., for the felony sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church/park.

Parker was the subject of an ongoing investigation conducted by the police department that led to his arrest.  At the time of arrest, Croom found 67-pieces of crack cocaine in Parker’s procession with an estimated street value of $3,300.


Crack cocaine seized during the arrest

“This was the bust of the year for the department”, said Varnes. 
 
Parker’s arrest is seen by the police department as a key victory in stemming the flow of illegal drugs coming into Apalachicola from other areas.