15 Arrested for Heroin Drug Bust on the Treasure Coast
A police operation on the treasure coast of Florida resulted in 15 arrests in late June, leading the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to deem it the largest heroin drug bust in recent memory.
15 Arrests in Heroin Drug Bust
The police operation entailed seven months of investigation with over 100 transactions tracked since November of 2014. According to a WPTV news report, the investigation has already resulted in 15 arrests, while there are still an additional 11 (potential) arrests expected to be made soon.
Officials have pinpointed the ring leader of the heroin drug bust as Ruben Massas of Port St. Lucie, FL. The main supplier of the operation has not yet been arrested, but he has been identified.
Police termed the investigation
“Operation Fix A Flat” after Martin County Sheriff William Snyder learned heroin was being smuggled from the East Stuart Tire Center north bound. And that the deadly drug was being distributed from one county in Florida to another.
Authorities confiscated five ounces of heroin. Which translates to a street value of approximately $20,000 or 720 doses of the drug that won’t be sold on the street. Officials claim the heroin was cut with fentanyl. Which is highly toxic and deadly.
“What we know from heroin is that it has to be distributed widely in order to make a dollar,” Snyder said. “So we saw this as widespread on the Treasure Coast. It was all of Martin County…it was being distributed a lot in St. Lucie County all the way into Brevard County.”
Dangers of Heroin Laced with Fentanyl
Heroin is a dangerous drug by itself, but fentanyl is five to fifteen times more dangerous. So, the combination of the drug is extremely lethal. It’s a scary reality because drug users may not even realize just how potent a substance really is until it’s too late.. Signs to watch for when it comes to heroin and fentanyl abuse include shortness of breath. And slower heart beat, and a lower-than-normal blood pressure.
South Florida and Heroin Problem
According to Reuters, Interstate 95 is referred to as “Oxy Alley” by drug traffickers, due to frequent smuggling of prescription pills from South Florida all the way up to Alabama, and even as far as Pennsylvania.
A major issue with prescription pill abuse is that when drug users can no longer afford their habit, they typically resort to using heroin because it’s a cheaper high with a similar effect.
The police operation that officials claim is the largest heroin drug bust in recent history. And proved successful in getting the substance and a number of drug dealers off the street. With the heroin epidemic in the nation, taking action like this is vital.
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