Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|October 27, 2017
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Heroin and Fentanyl Trafficking Ring Dismantled
TALLAHASSEE, Fla—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Daytona Beach Police Department and other local and federal law enforcement agencies today announced the take down of a massive heroin trafficking ring in the Volusia County area. According to the investigation, the drug trafficking organization is responsible for distributing two to three kilograms of heroin per month, some containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Today authorities obtained arrest warrants for 19 individuals in connection to the organization and search warrants for five locations in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Palm Coast.
“Using fentanyl just one time can kill–and that is why it is vital that we continue to aggressively investigate drug trafficking and remove these substances from our streets,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I firmly believe this investigation saved lives and I am grateful for each law enforcement officer who worked to seize these deadly drugs before they could be sold in our state.”
“VCSO and FCSO, along with other local agencies, are teaming up to get drug dealers out of our counties,” said Sheriff Rick Staly in Flagler County, where the ringleader’s Palm Coast residence was raided. “We will not sit back and watch this epidemic continue. We’re coming after you.”
According to the investigation, the organization spends $40,000 to $100,000 at a time, roughly on a monthly basis, to purchase heroin for distribution in Volusia County. Additionally, the suspects allegedly distribute trafficking quantities of cocaine and pharmaceuticals. Earlier this year, undercover detectives started making controlled purchases of heroin from the head of the organization, and the first undercover purchase, $60 in heroin, tested positive for the presence of fentanyl.
Authorities previously arrested several of the organization’s members, many of whom are convicted of past crimes including possession and sales of narcotics, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of dangerous drug equipment, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement.
Today, authorities arrested the following defendants in connection to this criminal organization:
- Justin Allen, 29, Ormond Beach;
- Brian Conti, 53, Port Orange;
- William Dennison, 28, Daytona Beach;
- Andrew Deperalta, 24, Ormond Beach;
- Mark Johnson Jr., 31, Holly Hill and Daytona Beach;
- Mark Johnson Sr., 57, Holly Hill and Daytona Beach;
- Julian Miller, 31, Daytona Beach and Palm Coast;
- Stacia Schriever, 38, Port Orange; and
- Shykeem Thomas, 30, Daytona Beach and Palm Coast.
There are active warrants out for the arrests of nine more alleged members of the organization.
Additional agencies assisting in the investigation include: Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, DeLand Police Department, Edgewater Police Department, New Smyrna Beach Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant Statewide Prosecutor David Gillespie with Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case.