NEW: Drug busts seize marijuana, cocaine, bring more than 100 arrests

Feb 09, 2018
These drugs were seized during raids along Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike on Jan. 1, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, 2018. (Photo provided by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office)

More than 11 pounds both of marijuana and cocaine were seized during three days of drug raids along Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike that ended on Super Bowl Sunday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The raids, conducted by the sheriff’s office and several federal agencies, stopped about 150 cars and led to more than 100 arrests, Sheriff William Snyder said Thursday. He called the amounts of drugs seized and the number of arrests “staggering.”

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Some of the defendants threw drugs out of their cars — hitting patrol cars — as they were pulled over on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2, Snyder said.

Besides the cocaine and marijuana, deputies also seized 280 grams of heroin, 1 gram of fentanyl, and between 1 and 2 grams of methamphetamine.

“It seems to us that the interstate and the turnpike are awash in illicit drugs and, by extension, our communities are awash in drugs,” Snyder said, standing behind a display of drugs and weapons seized. “This stuff was headed for your schools, it was headed for your neighborhood and it was headed to various places in our community.”

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The sheriff’s office worked with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security in the raids, done under the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area enforcement program.

“I hope that people in South Florida somehow get the idea that moving drugs through Martin County is exceedingly risky,” Snyder said.