SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.
Guns, drugs and money were confiscated during recent busts in Seminole County.
At least 21 people have been arrested in the racketing and drug case that spanned a nine month investigation involving the Sheriff's Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, investigators said.
Deputies identified some of the suspects as Carlos Alicea-Mota, 27, Juan Rafael Montanez-Concepcion, 33, Osvaldo Nieves-Ortiz, 26, Kennya Perez-Diaz, 29, Mar Perez-Diaz, 25, Roberto Perez-Guadalupe, 24, Quinton Rumph, 34, Terry Tillman, 30, Quentin Terrill Wilson, 40.
Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl, firearms and money were seized in the operation in Seminole and Orange counties, deputies said.
Agents believe the suspects imported 25 to 30 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin into Central Florida every month since July.
"Some of these folks feel they are untouchable and I'm so glad to see these arrests. I am so glad we could round these individuals up and get them off the streets," Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.
Deputies have investigated many drug overdoses in recent months and drug dealers have been charged in people's deaths, investigators said.
There were 51 overdoses and four documented deaths in 2015 and 116 overdoses and 12 documented deaths in 2016, investigators said. Deputies said from Jan. to Nov. there have been 213 overdoses and 34 documented deaths. Narcan was used 103 times this year to save lives, investigators said.
#New:@SeminoleSO showing off several of the guns and drugs confiscated during a recent operation. Will give us specifics on https://t.co/QfmVTaS2zV coverage https://t.co/Szuzf2fTXS #WFTV pic.twitter.com/U3OaUfD1UJ— Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) December 15, 2017