Multi-agency drug interdiction operation nets record 102 arrests in Martin County

From MCSO: A three day full scale operation, targeting motorists advancing the devastating drug epidemic produced alarming results.

The multi-agency operation targeted the interstate and turnpike corridors as routes to move narcotics through Martin County. 

The multi-agency drug interdiction operation, directed by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including US Border Patrol, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Florida National Guard Counterdrug Program (FLNG-CPD), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, was part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, in which Martin County is now a member.

Along with our federal and regional law enforcement partners, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office utilized our Special Investigations Division, including Narcotics Detectives, K-9 and Aviation Units, the newly formed Criminal Interdiction Team, Marine Unit, Warrants, Criminal Investigations Division, Uniform Road Patrol, Corrections Department and Dispatch. We received valuable assistance from Martin County’s Radio and Communications Division.

The operation took place on 1/31, 2/1, and 2/4 (Super Bowl Sunday).

The first two days, law enforcement focused on a stretch of I-95 and SR-714.

The third day, law enforcement focused on a stretch of the turnpike.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program provides financial and manpower assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. Martin County is now considered one of those drug trafficking corridors.

This recent interdiction was a strategically coordinated effort by multiple local and federal law enforcement branches whose goal was to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in our Florida’s Turnpike. The operation concluded with the following results:

ACTIVITY
• 102 Arrests
• 92 Felony Charges
• 72 Misdemeanor Charges
• 5 Illegal Aliens Taken into Custody by Border Patrol

DRUGS SEIZED or RECOVERED ON ROADSIDE

• 280g Heroin
• 1g Fentanyl
• 1.6g Methamphetamine
• 5311g Cocaine
• 14g MDMA
• 5643g Cannabis
• 283g Hash Oil
• Oxycodone 900 pills
• Alprazolam 177 pills
• LSD 1g

PROPERTY
• $16,100.00 in currency
• Firearms – 1 Stolen, 1 Felon in Possession, 1-Found
• 2 Vehicles Seized

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