More than 1,500 prescription pills were taken off the streets and 103 individuals now face drug-related charges in Operation "Pain Management," an eight-month investigation by the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Tri-County Narcotics Task Force, which is sponsored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
This operation stems from a Statewide Drug Strike Force, which was announced by Gov. Rick Scott in March 2011. The strike force, which is supported by Attorney General Pam Bondi and local law enforcement, is tasked with stopping the flow of dangerous drugs into communities, according to a release from FDLE.
Since the Drug Strike Force went into effect, 254 clinics have closed, 2,835 individuals have been arrested, and 723,172 pills, 90 vehicles, 474 weapons and $9,725,917 have been seized.
The Tri-County Narcotics Task Force is made up of the Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler county sheriff's offices; FDLE, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; St. Augustine Beach Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; and the Palatka Police Department.
"The illegal diversion and sale
of prescription drugs has been a problem for many years, but it has clearly
become Putnam County's number one drug problem over the past two or three," said
Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy. "This prescription drug epidemic
impacts nearly every family in one way or another. Operation 'Pain Management'
was very successful and I would like to thank all of the investigators who
worked the countless hours to bring these dealers to justice."
Click here to read the full list of individuals charged during Operation "Pain Management."
Click here for a full breakdown of the types of pills that were seized.
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