LARGO – Six Largo residents were arrested in a year-old investigation targeting the Young Souljas street gang, according to Largo police.
The investigation began January 2013, in response to growing concerns of violence and drug trafficking associated with the Young Souljas. The investigation focused on the senior members of the organization, Largo police reported.
“The folks arrested are very dangerous individuals and getting them off the streets of Largo is a great accomplishment,” Police Chief Jeff Undestad stated.
The Largo Police Department partnered with the Tampa office of both the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The first undercover drug and firearm purchases began in February 2013, concluding with a final federal arrest on April 7.
Two of the six arrested have already been sentenced while the other four are in federal custody. All are members of the Young Souljas, according to Largo police.
Dedrick “D” Redding, 22, and Keire “Goon” Harvey, 24, were arrested July 30, 2013, according to Pinellas County Jail records. Redding is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine as well as three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. He has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Harvey was charged with conspiracy to traffic 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Daniel Collins, 25, was arrested Dec. 9, 2013, according to jail records. He is in federal custody under indictment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Three others are under federal indictment for distribution of crack cocaine. They are: Anthony “Tone” Armstrong, 22, arrested March 21; Jordan “Red” Hayes, 20, arrested April 2, and Demar “Jitt” Hartsfield, arrested in Escambia County April 4. In addition to the crack cocaine charge, Hartsfield faces three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
“Everyone in special operations, Tampa DEA and Tampa ATF put a tremendous amount of effort into this investigation, and the results were outstanding,” stated Sgt. John Trebino of Largo’s Special Operations Unit.