March 19, 2014
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Task Force Puts Drug Trafficking Ring Out Of Business
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the culmination of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation "King of the Trap."
The operation targeted a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for distributing in excess of 100 kilograms of cocaine and 500 pounds of marijuana in the north central panhandle of Florida between 2008 and 2013. The investigation led to the arrest and prosecution of 43 federal defendants, whose sentences ranged from three years of probation to life imprisonment.
As a result of the operation, law enforcement personnel seized nine kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of crack cocaine, three pounds of marijuana, and 220 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, the investigation resulted in the seizure of 14 firearms and assets valued in excess of $120,000.
This investigation was conducted by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the Perry Police Department. This investigation was prosecuted by United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida.