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News Release
February 20, 2004

Operations El Barrio and Crescent Moon Yield Over Three Dozen Arrests
Investigations Targeted International Groups Operating in Florida

FEB 20—DEA agents and Florida police raided several locations in Jacksonville, Orlando and Crescent City to put a stop to groups that distributed cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana throughout Central and North Florida. At 4 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, about 300 law enforcement officers arrested more than 44 suspected drug traffickers they were investigating in Operation El Barrio and Operation Crescent Moon. DEA and state law enforcement agencies have been working together to investigate the two international drug trafficking organizations for about a year. The multi-million dollar drug organizations were bringing thousands of pounds of drugs to Florida from South Texas.

Putnam County Sheriff Taylor Douglas said of the case, “A major drug network has been dismantled and disassembled as a result of this, and our streets in Putnam County will be safer.”

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