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Feds arrest eleven members of who ran heroin hotline in Orlando, Florida

February 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds arrest eleven members of who ran heroin hotline in Orlando, Florida

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Law enforcement officials have announced the arrests of eleven people who stand accused of operating a heroin trafficking ring in Orlando, Florida.

The arrests stemmed from a two-year joint investigation involving federal, state, and local agencies. Officials said the suspects are part of a crew called “La Compania” of “The Company.”

The crew operated an illicit heroin hotline, which sold the drug to locals along International Drive the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Federal authorities say “La Compania” indeed operated like a company, “These people were very busy, selling dope in two 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week with those phones selling heroin,” Jeffery Walsh with the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

Walsh added that the suspects would even fire members of the ring who failed to show up for their shifts selling heroin.

In all, 12 people oversaw the organization, which operated out of a tattoo and barbershop on International Drive. One suspect is still on the run.

Feds detailed how the crew sold drugs in parking lots and hotels in the busy tourist district by utilizing a “heroin hotline.”

“We believe this is a mid-level operation, it was sold and broken down further down the ladder, ” Walsh said.

He added that customers in need of a fix would call the “heroin hotline” to set up the deals. The suspects would frequently change the phone number.

“The suspects would replace the heroin hotline number and would send out texts to all of La Compania’s customers,” Lee Bentley, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida said.

Authorities say La Compania would sell at least one kilo of heroin every week, which netted the crew $3.5 million dollars a year.

“These suspects have no respect for the law or human decency, greed is what drives them, it’s money that drives them,” Walsh said.

Investigators say all eleven suspect face federal drug trafficking charges.

Federal officials say these arrests removes the players out of an even larger drug trafficking operation.

“This is only a portion of it, but it was time for these people to go,” Walsh said.

Authorities say this is a win in the fight against the growing heroin problem in Central Florida and issued a warning any future dealers to take their drugs somewhere else.

“We want you to move to another community. We’re going to use the full authority of our government to ensure the individuals who choose to engage in illegal narcotics trafficking that they will go to jail,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

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