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Operation Tinker Bell results in the arrest of 14 for drug crimes

Throughout the nation, including the Daytona Beach area, there is a demand for various illegal drugs. Where there is a demand, there is often also a supply. In an attempt to keep the streets free of these substances, law enforcement routinely seeks to arrest those it believes are responsible for the distribution of the drugs. This is true whether the drug is grown or manufactured.

Earlier this week authorities arrested 14 individuals they believed are tied to a synthetic drug ring. The drug bust was the result of an initiative called Operation Tinker Bell. The group reportedly shipped K-2 and bath salts to several other states in the nation. At the time of the bust the agents involved seized more than $80,000 in cash. In addition, they also found over 50 pounds of synthetic drugs. The drug bust is being described as the largest in the state and came at the end of a seven month drug crime investigation.

The alleged leader of the ring is a 55-year-old woman who is a co-owner of a company advertised as providing product marketing, development and distribution services. Some of the other individuals arrested in connection with the alleged drug ring were her employees. The woman faces charges including:

  • Possession of a structure used for the manufacture or sale of a controlled substance
  • Unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a crime
  • Possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia possession and sale of a controlled substance
  • Racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering

Because a conviction on drug charges such as these can lead to serious consequences, it is usually in the best interest of the accused to seek legal counsel and begin to mount a defense as soon as possible. Doing so could result in the individual being found not guilty or possibly less serious consequences should a conviction occur.

Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Officials: New Smyrna Beach synthetic drug ring busted," Patricio G. Balona, May 30, 2013

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