Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted a month long interdiction operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms shipped through the U.S. Mail destined for Central Florida.
The operation ran from January 13, 2014 to February 12, 2014 and involved numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Central Florida. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Investigations Unit and Interdiction Unit assisted Postal Inspectors in locating suspicious inbound packages at Post Offices throughout Marion County and then conducted investigations to determine their contents and identify the drug distributors.
To no surprise, officials said majority of the packages were mailed to addresses in the Silver Springs Shores area. Officials said most of the names on the packages were fake and some of the packages were delivered to vacant homes.
During the operation, investigators recovered six weapons, three of which had been reported stolen, according to the sheriff’s office. Drugs that were recovered include, 25 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 1/2 kilogram of cocaine, 69 pounds of high grade marijuana, 79 oxycodone pills, more than 30 methadone pills, 300 Viagra pills and 370 Cialis pills.
In regards to cash, investigators recovered more than $6,000.
In total, 14 criminals were arrested, many of them are already convicted felons.
Arrested were, Amos Oliver, Angel Marin, Dewayne Lambert, Dexter Lewis, Grechen Walker, Joseph Buddington, Joshua Moore, Julian Mesa, Justin Ojeda, Kaadir Pollins, Zayd Pollins, Kirkland Small, Mitchel Davis, and Ralph Blackmon.
Most have already been released from jail.