Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-363

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 21, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Undercover Operation Nets Two Arrests And Multiple Charges

    Partners in crime land themselves in jail.
    • Sunday
    • December 19, 2010
    • Time: 12:01 AM
    • Staggs Nursery
    • 13824 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    • Tampa, FL


    Arthur Staggs
    DOB 09-06-63
    3127 Mott Road
    Dover, FL

    Charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm (4 counts)
    Grand Theft (3 counts)
    Dealing in Stolen Property (2 counts)

    Dennis Wayne Staggs
    DOB 12-18-61
    Address – at large

    Charges: Possession of controlled substance
    10 Outstanding warrants (Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Dealing in Stolen Property)


    Based on information reference illegal activity being conducted at Staggs Nursery located 13824 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and the address of 3127 Mott Road, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives began an undercover investigation. During the course of the investigation detectives made contact with the Staggs brothers, and on several occasions Arthur Staggs purchased items from undercover detectives believing that the items had been stolen. On one occasion, the Walmart located in Valrico assisted detectives by providing a television. Detectives then sold the television to Arthur Stagg, who believed it to be stolen. Detectives also performed several drug transactions with Dennis Stagg while at the nursery.

    At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives served a court authorized search warrant at the two locations and recovered items purchased by Stagg to include, a flat screen television, video gaming devices, video games, jewelry, camcorder and firearms. The search warrant also revealed over 50 gift cards from various stores such as Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe's. The gift cards were purchased by Arthur Staggs from individuals that would shoplift an item and then return the item to the store. When they could not produce a receipt for the item, the store would issue them a gift card. Staggs would purchase the gift cards for half the dollar value of the card.

    Both Stagg brothers were taken into custody on December 19, 2010 and charged with the above charges. Arthur Staggs is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
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