Fort Pierce drug operation compared to a fast food drive-through

Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 20:03:30-04

It was enough to cause six thousand overdoses. That’s how much heroin was taken off the streets in the biggest heroin drug bust in St. Lucie County history. 

Deputies compared the operation to a fast food drive-through, but with drugs being sold. They say users would drive by the house and get heroin essentially delivered right to their window. 

“If you’re a dealer, you’re in our sights and we’re coming for you,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara Wednesday morning.

Detectives found more than 600 grams of a deadly heroin-Fentanyl mix inside the Fort Pierce home. The bust also got an accused high level supplier behind bars.

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“What were doing is working,” said Lt. Hester with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit. 
It’s the result of a recent crackdown by the sheriff’s office as it works to get a handle on the heroin epidemic.

Since September, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has been sending detectives to each overdose call.
They are now talking to the users and their loved ones trying to get information and data.
“These are every day people. These are people you come in contact with every day,” said Hester.
That initiative is ultimately what led deputies to this Fort Pierce house Tuesday night with a search warrant. 

The sheer volume and potency was so dangerous deputies had to wear protective gear. 
“I was surprised to hear that it was heroin. I wasn’t expecting anything that bad,” said Derrick Nelson who live along the same street where deputies discovered the drugs. Nelson said he was surprised but had his suspicions about that house.

The street value of the drugs was more than 300 thousand dollars. Detectives say the Fentanyl, which is showing up more and more, is generally coming in from China. They say it’s even starting to come through regular mail, being ordered off the dark web. 

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