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Investigators say major Orange County drug operation shut down

Orange County police say the estimated street value of the drugs seized in a recent operation is an estimated $10,000. 12-04-13
Orange County police say the estimated street value of the drugs seized in a recent operation is an estimated $10,000.
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Updated: 12/05/2013 10:23 am
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Investigators said they have put an end to a heroin, cocaine and marijuana operation responsible for distributing $10,000 worth of heroin around Orange County every day.

"We believe a large portion of the proceeds are being remitted back to organizational heads in Puerto Rico," said Jeff Walsh, with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

DEA agents, along with Orange County sheriff's deputies and SWAT officers, served 14 arrest warrants and searched four homes at a mobile home park Wednesday morning.

"A lot of weapons (were) involved in this," said Walsh.

Investigators said it was all going on just one block from Union Park Elementary School.

"The reason we are standing here able to talk about this success goes to the law-abiding residents in here," said Walsh. "They said they had enough and decided to stand up and protect their kids and their community," said Walsh.

"I was watching 600 cars drive past my trailer, 600? I counted yesterday, 600. It was getting out of hand," said area resident Dave Stuckey.

Sheriff's investigators said their office has received 400 calls for service to the community because of the alleged drug ring.

"People falling down in front of my house, it was awful," said Stuckey. "I was picking up four to six syringes a day, that children were walking over, completely out of hand."

"Just as the agents were moving in to begin the search this morning, they came across a couple of individuals who had needles still in their arms as they were shooting up heroine," said Walsh.

Stuckey said he started complaining eight months ago and was relieved to see the police activity when he came home Wednesday.

Video: WFTV Orlando
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