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Deputies arrest three for selling drugs near middle school

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Furnice Jr., 38, is no stranger to law enforcement in Manatee County. He has already served two stints in the state prison system. Furnice Jr., 38, is no stranger to law enforcement in Manatee County. He has already served two stints in the state prison system.
PALMETTO (FOX 13) -

Investigators with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office have identified and arrested three men for selling illegal narcotics just blocks from a middle school.

Two of the suspects have extensive arrest records.

Eugene Felix Furnice Jr., Clifford Leland Jr. and Marcus Johnson were booked into the Manatee County Jail.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report detectives recently received information that drugs were being sold near Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto. The suspects were identified following an undercover operation conducted near the school.

The men were taken into custody without incident on Thursday at a location in the 1600 block of 1st Ave., two streets over from the back entrance to LMS.

Furnice Jr., 38, was in possession of several Hydrocodone pills, a few grams of marijuana and two grams of rock cocaine. The Manatee County resident has served two stints in the state prison for convictions on 2nd degree murder charges during a dangerous act and robbery charges.

Leland Jr., 32, was in possession of cocaine and marijuana when he was arrested. He's been arrested several times on a variety of drug-related charges.

Johnson, 22, is charged with five counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

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