Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, along with Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol, arrested 27 suspects charged with drug crimes, including wide-scale drug trafficking in Leon and Gadsden counties.
Operation No Warning began in June 2020. Investigators say the drug-trafficking organization was responsible for spreading large amounts of illegal drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, molly and marijuana throughout Florida, but predominantly in Leon and Gadsden counties.
The organization also operated in Georgia, Texas and California.
During the investigation agents seized:
- nearly 30 pounds of cocaine,
- a half pound of methamphetamine,
- more than one pound of brown heroin,
- three ounces of black tar heroin,
- over two ounces of fentanyl,
- more than $330,000,
- nine firearms, and
- three stolen vehicles.
FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said, “The work of our agents, analysts and partners on this case highlights the positive impact law enforcement has on the safety and wellbeing of its citizens. I want to recognize our members who dedicated much of this past year to Operation No Warning and our partners who have helped with every aspect of the case. We’ll never know the lives saved throughout Florida because of the work on this investigation.”
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis claiming the lives of nearly 17 people a day in our state. When you factor in other deadly drugs, the mortality rate rises even higher. The people who peddle these poisons must be brought to justice, and multiagency operations like this one are so vital to our mission to end the opioid crisis and save lives. Not only did law enforcement confiscate heroin during the operation, they also seized enough fentanyl to kill approximately 28,350 people—that’s almost equal to the populations of Franklin, Lafayette and Liberty counties combined.
“I am proud to work with FDLE, FHP, State Attorney Campbell, Sheriff McNeil and Chief Revell to coordinate and execute this sophisticated operation that led to the takedown of this massive, multistate drug-trafficking ring. My Statewide Prosecutors will aggressively litigate this case to ensure these drug traffickers face justice.”
Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and State Attorney Jack Campbell’s Office assisted in the investigation and will prosecute the cases.
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