Spot Remover-Stopping Drug Crime
"Spot Remover" has taken on a completely new meaning.
After a year of investigating a Fort Pierce, Florida drug ring, law enforcement officers recently busted it and announced warrants for the arrest of 28 individuals, charging them with 184 drug crime felonies. Additional arrests and charges will be made and others had been arrested and charged earlier in conjunction with this investigation. According to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara and Fort Pierce police Chief R. Sean Baldwin, the ring is accused of selling more than $10.4 million in illegal drugs annually.
The undertaking was named "Operation Spot Remover" because the dealers referred to an area where they sold drugs as the "spot," according to Sheriff Mascara.
The Sheriff's office reported that the drug ring was providing drugs along the Florida East Coast area known as Treasure Coast, with ties to both Central and South Florida and also local gang members. A number of other agencies participated including federal, Broward County and Metro Dade.
"The drug ring was allegedly responsible for distributing "heroin, MDMA, dozens of ounces of powder and crack cocaine. Investigators estimate this organization was selling in excess of 1,800 Oxycodone pills, Hydromorphone pills, and Alprazolam (Xanax) pills on a weekly basis. The street value of this would be in excess of $200,000. That adds up to more than $10.4 million a year," according to the Sheriff's Department.
He expects property crimes to go down, since many buyers resort to criminal activities to purchase drugs.
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