Last week, between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24, the Tallahassee Police Department’s General Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Units conducted enhanced enforcement along the North Monroe Street corridor .
The enhanced enforcement resulted in 22 arrests and seven firearms being seized.
The enforcement effort focused on North Monroe Street from Silver Slipper Lane to the area of I-10 and was in response to community complaints regarding illegal activity being conducted in and around area hotels and motels.
Multiple TPD units assisted in the enforcement including the Violent Crimes Response Team, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Squad, K9 Unit, Patrol, and the joint Aviation Task Force.
Offenses ranged from minor violations such as criminal traffic citations to firearms offenses and the seizure of over $6,000 and 14 pounds of marijuana from a single traffic stop.
It’s simply amazing that when you concentrate your law enforcement resources in known areas of high crime you can find a number of offenders and low-lifers.
Perhaps if we did some of that policing in select areas of the south-side the amount of gun violence in Tallahassee would begin to come under control.
Good things can happen when law enforcement officers are allowed to do their job without interference by completely clueless local government politicians.
What? Enforcing the law actually gets criminals off the street and reduces crimes! Who knew!
It’s about time. Drugs and prostitution have been an open secret there for a very long time. I truly cannot count the number of unescorted women near I-10 that look “out of place” that I’ve seen there, nor have I ever seen one that I can safely say I’ve seen before.
The woman/women are sometimes arguing on the edge of the road with their pimp. It’s pitful and somewhat painful to witness.
The Presentence Investigation Report (“PSI”) calculated: (1) a base offense level of 36, pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 2D1.1(c)(2) (2008), estimating that Cook participated in the distribution of 1,625.9 grams of cocaine base and 16 pounds of marijuana; (2) a two-level increase, pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 2D1.1(b)(1), for possession of a firearm in connection with a drug offense; and (3) a two-level increase, pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 3B1.1(c), for a leadership role in the criminal activity. ThePSI did not apply a reduction for acceptance of responsibility, Case: 14-11209 Date Filed: 11/20/2014 Page: 2 of 12
3 pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 3E1.1, and thus calculated a total offense level of 40. The PSI also calculated a criminal history category of III. With a total offense level of 40 and a criminal history category of III, the PSI identified Cook’s advisory Guidelines range as being 360 months to life in prison.
After a guilty plea, Tyrun Cook appeals his 168-month concurrent sentences on four counts related to the distribution of crack cocaine. Cook challenges the district court’s application of a two-level increase in his offense level, pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 2D1.1(b)(1), for possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with his drug offenses. After review of the record and the briefs, we affirm in part and remand in part.I. BACKGROUND A. Guilty Plea and SentencingOn June 2, 2009, Cook was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A)(iii), and three counts of distribution of more than 5 grams of cocaine base in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(iii). Cook entered a guilty plea to all four counts on August 13, 2009.