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Tampa Police Bust Convicted Felon on Drug Trafficking Charges in Undercover Sting Operation


Tampa, FL – In a significant crackdown on drug trafficking, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Special Investigations Division (SID) Gang Unit has arrested a felon on probation for trafficking dangerous narcotics. The operation, which spanned five months, ended with the apprehension of 38-year-old Kenneth Young, a former member of the now-defunct Hot Boys gang.

"The successful culmination of this months-long operation showcases the relentless dedication of our deputies to curtail drug-related activities and dismantle gang operations within our community," Sheriff Chad Chronister stated. "This suspect started off the New Year resolute on continuing his life of crime; thankfully, our detectives were ahead of it. We remain committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe and ensuring our residents aren't subject to the dangers of drug-related crimes."

The covert narcotics operation involved HCSO detectives conducting multiple undercover transactions, leading to the procurement of over 10 grams of cocaine from Young. The detectives' meticulous planning and execution underscored the seriousness of the threat posed by Young's activities in the community.


The arrest occurred on Friday, December 29, 2023, when Gang Unit detectives, aided by the HCSO Major Violator's Unit and District V Patrol deputies, organized an operation to capture Young. The operation took place at the Circle K Gas Station located at 410 S. 50th St in Tampa.


Young arrived at the location in a black Mercedes Benz, intending to deliver two ounces of cocaine. As he exited his vehicle and entered the gas station, detectives moved in to apprehend him. Young attempted to flee on foot but was promptly arrested without further incident. A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the discovery of $3,389 in US currency, 27.0 grams of Oxycodone Hydrochloride 10mg, 58.5 grams of powder cocaine, and 7.6 grams of an unknown brown powder substance.


Young now faces multiple charges, including Delivery and Possession of Cocaine, Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Oxycodone, and Violation of Probation (VOP) for Robbery with a Firearm. His criminal history is extensive, having served 17 years in Federal State Prison for robbery and grand theft charges. Despite his release on parole in July 2021, Young's felony probation was set to expire only in June 2031.

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