Today the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Orlando and Jacksonville, together with the respective U.S. Attorney’s Offices announce the indictment of over three dozen defendants involved in two separate international drug trafficking organizations operating in Central and Northern Florida for the past few years.
Several other law enforcement agencies have been active in these two investigations, to include the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and numerous state and local agencies as part of the North Florida HIDTA Task Force and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, St Augustine Office.
The arrests made this morning are part of enforcement actions known as OPERATION EL BARRIO and OPERATION CRESENT MOON. These cases are multi-jurisdictional investigations, which targeted the illegal trafficking of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana throughout the Central and Northern Florida.
A Press Conference will be held at the Vitalaire/Inhome Medical Facility (REAR OF FACILITY) at 1125 North Summit Street, Crescent City, Putnam County, Florida at 1:30PM
Stations interested in obtaining video taken this morning by DEA of the events connected with this investigation should send their live trucks to the Press Conference location to dub the tape from mini digital video format to your stations format. The tape is several minutes in length.