Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said a deputy was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while serving a felony search warrant.

Polk County Sheriff To Brief Public On 228 Arrests Made In Human Trafficking Sting

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said a deputy was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while serving a felony search warrant.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd (File)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will brief the media at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, about an eight-day-long multi-agency undercover investigation, “Operation March Sadness 2024” focused on human trafficking.

Deputies say that 228 arrests were made of suspects who solicited prostitutes, those who offered to commit prostitution, and other suspects who transported prostitutes to the undercover location.

During this investigation, 13 victims of human trafficking were identified.

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Among those arrested were a school teacher, coaches, and active-duty military members, among other professions.

Of the 228 arrested, 21 are in the country illegally, deputies say.

Sheriff Judd will be joined by detectives and representatives from local law enforcement agencies, as well as social services organizations who offered help for human trafficking victims.

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