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Leader of Jamaican Drug Ring Arrested in Orlando During Traffick Stop

August 1, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Leader of Jamaican Drug Ring Arrested in Orlando During Traffick Stop

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Florida Deputies arrested a man who local drug agents said was leading a Jamaican drug cartel operation in central Florida.

Orange County Deputies stopped McKoy Smith over on Central Florida Parkway and a drug dog hit on the car. Inside they found a box with nearly $300,000 cash, according to deputies.

Investigators maintain the cash is tied to the large scale Jamaican marijuana smuggling ring the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation worked to break up two years ago.

Agents seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana from stash house across central Florida.

Investigators said they believe the cartel imported the marijuana from Mexico by mail, freight, car and RV.

Agents also seized cash, weapons and arrested more than 50 people, including suspected ring leaders Mark Reed and Charmaine Roman.

Authorities said Reed and Smith are the same person.

“To be honest with you, we really don’t know who they are. I’m not sure that’s their real name,” the MBI director said about the suspects in 2013.

Court records show Reed, who also goes by Terence Turbe, was released on bond after agreeing to a plea deal in May.

Reed was facing 110 years during the last case and is currently in police custody.

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