The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Spring Cleaning, a strategic initiative in 27 Florida counties that focused on the investigation and subsequent arrest of those manufacturing, delivering or trafficking controlled substances. During this operation, here in Charlotte County, we took 98 drug traffickers off the streets, confiscated 9.79 pounds of controlled substances, and seized 4 firearms during the Task Force Operation Spring Cleaning.
“The widespread use of controlled substances has devastated communities across our great state,” said FSA President and Walton County Sheriff and FSA President Michael Adkinson. “Enforcing controlled substance policies under Florida Statute 893.03 is a top priority for law enforcement officers to keep families and local communities safe.”
Florida’s medical examiners reported 704 people died of Fentanyl-related overdoses in the first half of 2016 which led to the passing of enhanced penalties for drug dealers and traffickers as seen in Florida House Bill 477 in 2017. Since many dealers sell various types of drugs, Operation Spring Cleaning focused on capturing sales and trafficking related to highly abused controlled substances.
The following are the specific totals numbers for Charlotte County:
- 98 persons arrested for trafficking in controlled substances listed under Florida Statute 893.03/sale and delivery
- 4,443 grams of controlled substances confiscated (Highlights Below)
- Cocaine (170 grams)
- Opioids (3,409 grams)
- Meth (598 grams)
- Marijuana (198 grams)
- 4 firearms seized
“Operation Spring Cleaning has been a massive undertaking and I am so proud of the work that has been done on this task force operation,” said Charlotte County Sheriff William Prummell, Jr. and Chair of the FSA Task Force. “We have declared war on drug trafficking here in the Sunshine State, and Operation Spring Cleaning was our calling card.”
Operation Spring Cleaning contributes to two of the FSA business operations goals: to foster effective law enforcement and crime prevention and to promote the activities of Sheriffs. The results of this task force operation have led to many successful closed investigations of drug trafficking in the state of Florida.