Marion County Drug Bust
MARION COUNTY- Mail order customers in one North Central Florida county were waiting for a package in the mail, but had no clue someone else wanted to get their hands on it first. Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said while searching through thousands of boxes in United States Post Offices across Marion County, they discovered 20 packages filled with illegal drugs. The month long operation confiscated nearly $750,000 worth of drugs and netted a dozen arrests.
"I didn't really think that people would do that," said Omarr Reyes who is a Marion County resident.
"It doesn't surprise me," said Marion County resident Mary Carpenter.
Investigators visited several post offices over a one month period and searched through thousands of boxes picking out the ones they considered suspicious. Then this k-9 would sniff out the selected parcels. Deputies asked us not to reveal certain specifics on how the operation works so it does not jeopardize future drug busts. We can tell you the 20 packages came from about five western states. One of those states is Colorado which recently legalized marijuana.
"Several of these packages are wrapped in cellophane, actual grease, pepper, honey you name it they've tried and mask the odor," said Lt. Brian Spivey with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The agency seized about 800 prescribed pills, almost 70 pounds of marijuana, half a kilo of cocaine and about 26 pounds of synthetic marijuana.
"Anything that positively impacts our ability to reduce that type of influence in our community is a good thing," said Greg Capitano who is a Marion County resident.
After searching places where these packages were to be delivered the agency confiscated cash and five guns, three of which were stolen.
"We did have a significant amount of marijuana shipped to Silver Spring shores, which were able to intercept," said Lt. Spivey.
Investigators said three out of the 12 people arrested worked together.
"as much as we look and as hard as we look there is still new trends everyday when drug distributors find things that are starting to get caught or intercepted overseas they are going to find a new way to send it."
In most cases the drugs were intended to be sold here in Marion County.
"We know it's on the streets and we know our crimes are driven by drugs. Our robberies, our burglars. So it's important to take this off the streets," said Sheriff Chris Blair.
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