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Florida authorities arrest 82 alleged drug dealers in massive opioid crackdown in Broward County

July 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida authorities arrest 82 alleged drug dealers in massive opioid crackdown in Broward County

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There are 82 fewer drug dealers on the streets of Broward County, Florida as a result of a wide ranging four-month investigation dubbed Operation Bad Dose.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office carried out a series of raids over three day period last week targeting suspect drug dealers who distribute opioids, and other illegal.investigators also recovered cocaine, crack cocaine, pills and other illegal drugs.

In addition to the 82 arrests, authorities also seized heroin fentanyl, prescription pain killers, cocaine, and crack cocaine.

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and Florida has been the worst state that has been hit.

Authorities arrested 82 suspected drug dealers while seizing heroin, fentanyl, pills, and cocaine during the 3-day operation

The number of deaths from opioid overdoses in South Florida is increasing to levels not seen since the 2010 prescription drug epidemic

“It’s infecting our neighborhoods, poisoning children and filling our morgues,” Sheriff Scott Israel stated. “We’re fighting back.”

Broward County reported 580 drug-related deaths last year — with over 90% due to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids.

Palm Beach County registered at least 669 fatal overdoses in 2016, which also include 525 opioid overdoses. That number increased from 2015 when the county reported 331 overdose deaths.

Broward County Drug Raids

The Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Bad Dose was carried out with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, the U.S. Marshals, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, State Probation and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

The arrests were carried out in all areas of Broward County, but the most occurred in Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, according to Sergeant Dan Fitzpatrick of the sheriff’s strategic investigations unit.

Across the county line in Delray, overdoses rose over 250% from 2015 to 2016, increasing from 195 to 690. In the first half of 2017, investigators have recorded 412 overdoses, with 37 of those fatal.

The arrests “will make an impact for quite awhile,” Fitzpatrick told the Sun Sentinel. “We’re going to continue until the epidemic is done.

Aside from the arrests, the bust resulted in the seizing of over 66 pounds of narcotics, 15 guns, and $151,000 cash.

“The drug traffickers and dealers are who we went after,” Israel said. “We believe in rehabilitation, we believe in second chances but not for dealers and traffickers.”

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