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Multi-agency drug operation results in arrests of over 36 suspects in Florida

June 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Multi-agency drug operation results in arrests of over 36 suspects in Florida

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is still pursuing ten suspects after apprehending 26 suspects in a multi-agency drug operation.

Operation Shady Lane resulted in at least 36 warrants and the seizure of roughly $120,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, a sawed-off shotgun and other guns, 500 prescription pills, and over $25,000 in cash. Other substances seized are awaiting analysis by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“As a result of the investigation, traffickers who distributed death and despair in the form of heroin are out of business,” Chad Cook, the assistant special agent in charge for the DEA, said at a press conference. “Anytime we stop someone from trafficking drugs; it’s a win for us. It’s a win for law enforcement, but it’s a win for our community as well.”

The undercover probe was launched in February 2016 through a collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Northwest Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the NWF Daily News reported.

Authorities seized more than $25,000 in cash during the operation

Operation Shady Lane’s targeted an alleged heroin drug trafficking organization in Okaloosa County. The investigation consisted of multiple undercover operations, including controlled purchases and wiretap surveillance.

Search warrants were executed on May 24th at three locations where members of the drug organization used, stored, and dealt heroin.

Ten individuals are still on the lam.

The DEA, Homeland Security, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gulf Breeze Police, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pensacola Police Department all participated in the investigation.

“Like the rest of the country, Okaloosa County is being impacted by the opioid epidemic,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said. “We were one of the first agencies to train our deputies in Narcan to save lives. But, Operation Shady Lane shows we are also determined to bring down the criminal element feeding into and profiting from their destructive drug trade.”

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