Statewide Drug Sweep Nets 739 Arrests, Major Drug Seizures

In an intensive statewide enforcement effort, local, state, and federal law enforcement officials arrested 739 people and seized more than 2,400 kilos of cocaine, 384 pounds of marijuana, 1,700 marijuana plants, 1,100 grams of methamphetamine, 452 grams of crack, hundreds of prescription pills and $375,000 in currency. The arrests and seizures came during a recent week long period as part of a proactive, national sweep to fight drugs and drug-related crime, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assistant Commissioner Ken Tucker announced today.

“This weeklong effort demonstrates how Florida’s law enforcement can collectively use resources to successfully crack down on illegal drugs,” Assistant Commissioner Tucker said. “I look forward to continuing to build strong partnerships as we work to keep Florida’s citizens and visitors safe.”

FDLE coordinated the state’s blitz through its Regional Operations Centers, partnering with the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Office of Motor Carrier Compliance, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies across the state. Teams and task forces statewide rounded up drug traffickers, conducted highway interdictions, executed search warrants, and dismantled methamphetamine labs during the multi-faceted operation.

“The significant results of this operation demonstrate a high level of commitment by all branches of law enforcement in Florida against drug trafficking. It also demonstrates that there is a high price to pay for profiting in drugs in our state,” stated Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
“The Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Carrier Compliance is committed to reducing the use of Florida’s highway infrastructure for illicit purposes,” said Col. David Dees, Director of FDOT Office of Motor Carrier Compliance. “Operations such as the national drug roundup help to bring attention to the serious drug problem that exists today in our society.”

“The program has been very successful and we appreciate everyone’s involvement,” said Col. Darrell Liford, Director of the DOACS Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement.

Thirty-five other states participated in the nation-wide effort which was led by the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies (NASDEA). The event was designed to highlight the effectiveness of concentrated drug enforcement and to recognize the importance of federally-funded Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Program grants in the day-to-day operations of drug enforcement. FDLE Assistant Commissioner Ken Tucker previously served as the NASDEA President.

The following is a brief overview of the state of Florida’s results:
• Arrests: 739
• Search warrants served: 31
• Guns seized: 65
• Drug endangered children encountered: 10
• Vehicle seized: 39
• Some of the drugs and amounts seized:
 384 lbs. of marijuana
 1,737 marijuana plants
 2,429 kg of cocaine
 452 g of crack cocaine
 355 pills of prescription drugs
 1,165 g of methamphetamines
 170 mg of Hydrocodone
 30 pills of Oxycontin
 37 pills of Naproxen
 76 grams of Ecstasy
 19 kg of Heroin, and
• Currency seized: $375,502

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001