BRADENTON -- A convicted Bradenton drug dealer pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence in state prison.
Facing a maximum 10-year sentence, Suave Hakeem Frazier, 24, will serve a minimum three years, pay an undetermined fine and his driver's license will be suspended for two years.
Frazier was arrested Aug. 10, 2012, in an undercover investigation by the Bradenton Police Department targeting crack cocaine trafficking.
"At the time there were a lot of citizen complaints in regard to narcotics sales," said Sgt. Sean Monahan.
Earlier in 2012, Frazier had been identified as a prime target of the operation focused on the 700 block of 12th Avenue West.
"Several individuals sold rock cocaine and ultimately there were arrests made in that case," Monahan said.
At least six suspects were arrested in the sting and some are still awaiting their day in court.
Frazier was no stranger to the drug business with six prior felony and three prior misdemeanor convictions.
During the sting, an undercover detective reportedly completed three drug deals with Frazier.
"Another undercover detective had bought drugs from him a few years prior during a different operation," Monahan said.
Frazier was arrested following the third deal and attempted to flee.
Following a foot chase, Frazier resisted arrest but was taken into custody.
During the pursuit police say Frazier dropped a backpack with a loaded gun, which led to charges of carrying a concealed weapon by a felon and the possession of a firearm during a felony.
Frazier was also charged with three counts of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Frazier's criminal history was a major factor in the plea deal, according to the Assistant State Attorney Dickey Hough.
"The number of deals he was involved in was a factor," Hough said. "The firearm that he was in possession of during the deal was also a major factor in my mind."
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.