The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrested 24 people following a two-month undercover drug investigation. Both drug dealers and drug buyers were arrested.
According to Sheriff Ken Mascara, undercover detectives and confidential informants took part in drug buys at a home in the 1300 block of N. 24th Street in Fort Pierce.
A raid of the home on Friday led to seven arrests and netted a 9mm handgun, 33 capsules of the methamphetamine known as Molly, 99 pieces of crack cocaine and empty pill capsules used in the packaging of heroin and Molly.
After the warranted search, deputies ran a reverse drug buy operation that led to the arrests of 17 more people who tried to buy fake narcotics. The sheriff's office expects more arrests in the coming weeks.
“Some of those arrested had outstanding warrants for larceny and grand theft, and others had prior arrests for those same types of crimes,” Mascara said. “This just reinforces that drugs and drug addictions are motivating reasons to commit other crimes in our community.”
During the investigations, detectives recovered two stolen vehicles and a stolen golf cart from the same location. They also determined that one person dealing out of the house was targeting female customers and trading drugs for sex.