Published: Feb 01, 2012 4:24 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- On Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., Cape Coral Police Detectives conducted an undercover narcotics operation in the parking lot of the Shell Convenience store located at 4403 Del Prado Blvd South. Detectives and a confidential informant purchased a pre-arranged amount of crack cocaine from Shawn Dickson 38, of Cape Coral.

Upon completion of the sale, Dickson was taken into custody by officers who were close by conducting surveillance on the sale.

Dickson, who was released from prison in August, is a repeat criminal offender who has over 50 arrests since age 18 to include numerous drug violations, burglary, aggravated battery, carrying concealed weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, etc.

“These arrests directly impact the quality of life for Cape residents. Here we had a suspect with a violent, lengthy criminal history, selling crack cocaine at a convenience store in the busiest part of the city. This neighborhood is without a doubt safer today as a result of our detectives’ work,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.