St. Lucie County Arrests: 99 People Arrested On Drug Charges
Port St. Lucie, Fl – St. Lucie County arrests are garnering lots of attention in the news this month. Ninety-nine (99) drug-related arrests were made near the Okeechobee Music Festival in just two days as part of the “highway interdiction operation,” according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
St. Lucie County Arrests
The 99 arrests happened near the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, and many of the arrested individuals lived out of state or out of the area. The majority of the arrests were made on or close to Okeechobee road and have even shocked the Sheriff himself.
“To have 99, it far exceeded anything we had anticipated,” Mascara said in a statement Monday according to TCPalm.
Drugs that were found during the arrest were heroin, hydrocodone, hallucinogenic mushrooms (shrooms), Ecstasy, synthetic marijuana (spice), cocaine, and LSD. Drug dealers and abusers got really creative with their storage too, making these arrests that much more rewarding for police officers. Various kinds of substances were found hidden in places like peanut butter jars, chocolate bars, and even Pokemon balls, to name a few.
The Sheriff’s office took this operation very seriously and brought in additional support which included federal agents, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and Port St. Lucie police investigators. Previous years usually bring an estimated 20 arrests, so this year was a great success for the county and the state.
“A lot of these drugs can result in death and our goal is to get these dangerous drugs away from many of these young adults,” Sheriff Mascara stated.
Port St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Unstoppable
This recent success also comes shortly after 63 people were arrested on drug-related charges during a six-month long undercover investigation led by the Sheriff’s office in Port St. Lucie, according to the Palm Beach Post. “Operation: Strike 3” connected 30 known gang members and said at least 8 of the defendants, that he declared the “worst of the worst,” are facing federal charges.
“The reign of terror of these guys and women has stopped,” Mascara said during a live broadcast on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “Many are facing long, long prison terms.”
Drug Overdose Deaths
Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Is the success of this most recent operation the result of law enforcement officers pushing harder to stop the sales and use of illegal drugs, or is there really an increase of drug use/sales on the treasure coast this year?
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