Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


February 19, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Drug Trafficking Ring Disbanded, 15 Arrested

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bradenton Police Department, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office for the 12th Circuit today announced the arrests of 15 individuals in connection to a major drug trafficking ring. According to the investigation, the defendants are responsible for trafficking large amounts of heroin and other drugs through several central Florida counties.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of more than a year of intense investigative work by our brave law enforcement partners. Removing these drugs from our streets will save lives and help make our communities safer,” said Attorney General Bondi.

During the investigation, law enforcement seized large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. The heroin seized has an estimated wholesale value of more than $250,000. The cocaine is valued at more than $100,000. Investigators also seized firearms, a hundred hydromorphone pills and more than $320,000 cash and assets. The defendants are from Manatee, Hillsborough, Orange, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.

The following suspects have been arrested in connection to this case:

All the defendants face charges related to the trafficking of heroin, cocaine or hydromorphone. More arrests are expected in connection to this case. The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit assisted in the investigation.

The Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecutes multi-circuit organized crime while working regularly with federal and state counterparts to coordinate efforts against criminal activity. The office provides proactive partnership to law enforcement and is not limited to geographic or judicial boundaries.