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Florida Police Arrest 22 People For Running Large Scale Meth Operation

April 19, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Florida Police Arrest 22 People For Running Large Scale Meth Operation

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Florida Police arrested 22 people and seized 30 pounds of methamphetamine, $92,000 in cash and 72 firearms during a multi-district drug sting operation called “Deja Vu,” according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The meth has a value on the street of about $1.3 million and several of the firearms were high-powered rifles, said Sheriff Grady Judd.

“None of these guns will be used to shoot people in this community because these weapons are out of the hands of the bad guys,” Judd said Friday at a press conference.

Christopher Lynn Trejo, 32, of Valrico, was identified as the head of a “large-scale drug trafficking organization,” said Judd.

The drugs were produced and trafficked from Mexican meth labs as large as a Wal-Mart, authorities said.

After producing the meth it was smuggled over the border in California, and then shipped to Polk County, according to Judd. The organization included a network of runners, operational managers, key distributors, and customers.

Two co-conspirators, Dawn Hulett, 48, and Billy Ray Monday, 51, were in charge of distributing the meth out of their Lake Wales home, Judd said. Detectives found 60 firearms and $4,000 in cash during the raid of their homes.

In total, law enforcement conducted stings in nine homes in Polk and Hillsborough counties on Wednesday seizing the drugs, cash, and weapons.

In Trejo’s Hillsborough County home, Deputies confiscated about $8,400 in cash and 3.5 grams of meth and an additional 3 pounds of meth in the Polk County home of Fernando Tejeda-Tejeda.

All the suspects are in custody with the exception of Tejeda-Tejeda. Judd said he fled from authorities last seen in only his boxer shorts.

The suspects are facing charges including conspiracy to traffic meth over 200 pounds, illegally using a communication device, criminal drug possession, and money laundering. The drug sweep was an extension of last year’s “Operation Hoodoo Voodoo” which led to the arrests of 26 arrests and 43 pounds of meth.

Authorities named the operation “Hoodoo Voodoo” because the suspects used a voodoo priest for predictions, prophesies and readings regarding the drug ring’s decisions and potential outcomes” authorities said.

“This is a massive amount of methamphetamine that could have ruined hundreds of lives here in the state of Florida,” said state Attorney General Pam Bondi in a press release.

The joint operation involved the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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