TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests of more than a dozen people Wednesday afternoon in what he's calling the breakup of a "major" drug organization.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and the State Attorney's Office worked with deputies to uncover the "significant" drug trafficking hub operating out of Plant City, deputies say. Deputies say they have responded to more than 100 calls to the South Forbes home's location over the past several years.
The sheriff's office says the arrests are in connection with a seven-month drug investigation, named "Operation Ice Cubed" which began in September 2018.
Chronister says it was named "Ice" for the street name for the meth that was found and "cubed" for the three brothers who were the main targets of the operation.
The undercover investigation uncovered around 1,840.1 grams, or about 4 pounds, of meth valued at around $90,000, the sheriff announced during the press conference.
Deputies say they found meth, a loaded stolen gun and four more handguns, along with cash, more drugs, and a Harley Davidson.
Chronister says the operation uncovered 90 percent pure meth, which is cheaper than ever. He also says it is most likely made and imported from Mexico and that it's a good thing it was caught so there will be fewer meth lab explosions that can harm people.
"The only way we can normally track methamphetamine is when they blow themselves up," Chronister added.
More than a dozen people were arrested during the operation, including:
- Leovigilda Rojas De Coronado
- Eddie Rodriguez
- Edgar Rodriguez
- Ricardo Coronado
- Rodolfo Conde
- Eloy Conde
- Jaime Castillo
- Roy Rodriguez
- Christian Delgado
- Luis Espinoza, Jr.
- Kiara Lacole Reese
- Joshua Rodriguez
- David Conde
- George Mendoza
- Pedro Vazquez-Segura
- Carlos Rodriguez
- Angel Sullivan
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