Drug trafficking operation broken up

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Various drugs and weapons were discovered during the culmination of a four-month investigation in Fort Walton Beach Aug. 10. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

SHALIMAR, Fla., Aug. 10, 2018–A dozen arrests were made today during the execution of multiple search warrants this morning on Hickory Street off Lovejoy Road near Fort Walton Beach.

The undercover operation, conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview Police Departments assigned to the OCSO Organized Crime Task Force, began in April.

During the four-month investigation, narcotics ranging from cocaine and heroin, to marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycodone were being sold from individuals associated with 212 and 216 Hickory Streets.

The OCSO and Organized Crime Task Force, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Northwest Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas group, executed search warrants at those locations and made a dozen arrests this morning.

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Cocaine, marijuana and a weapon were found during the execution of multiple search warrants in Fort Walton Beach Aug. 10. (OCSO)

Inside the residence at 216 Hickory, investigators found oxycodone, cocaine, meth, heroin, packaging materials and a Smith & Wesson .380 in a freezer near the kitchen.

They also found two-way communication devices and security camera equipment linking 212 and 216 Hickory Street and indicating the occupants of the residences were coordinating to distribute narcotics.

At 212 Hickory Street, deputies had to make a forced entry.

Inside, they found cocaine and marijuana packaged for distribution floating in the toilet. They also recovered cash, packaging materials, paraphernalia and a firearm.

Individual arrest reports of the 12 people ranging in age from 16 to 66 are being compiled with individual charges and will be distributed to local media when they become available.

OCSO release

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