Drug Operation Results In 193 Arrests

January 31st, 2011 by Staff

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced the results of a Central Florida drug enforcement operation Friday. She said the operation took several drug dealers and their customers off the streets.
Investigators said they made dozens of arrests in just one week. They made 193 arrests in Orange County, but the sheriff said the operation shows it’s the tip of the iceberg with the ongoing problem.
Nine agencies including the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the DEA and the Florida Highway Patrol, all shared information to take drugs and people associated with them off the streets.
Law enforcement seized cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, oxycodone, ecstasy and guns. They also seized more than $97,000 in cash.
The sheriff’s office told WFTV although they targeted all of Orange County, the worst area they found illegal items in was Holden Heights off of Orange Blossom Trail. But they said the entire county is now safer.
“I think it makes the entire community safer because the drug dealers travel around the county they don’t stand on one street corner,” said Mark Pilkington of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The Coalition for a Drug-Free Community has been coordinating the operation since September, but they’ve been running similar operations since 2003.
The coalition said it is also an opportunity to help drug dealers or users get involved in rehabilitation programs.
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