Five Arrested In Drug Trafficking Ring
When a person is in possession of small amounts of drugs, it is often decriminalized. However, when an organization has dozens of pounds of various drugs in its possession, it becomes a serious problem. It is not uncommon for multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate the situation.
The Gainesville Police Department’s Drug Task Force unit dismantled a local drug trafficking organization after investigating it for five months. The organization, known as “Billy Blood,” was known for selling cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl, molly, and prescription medications.
Police issued eight residential search warrants within the city of Gainesville, Alachua County, and Lake County. Officers seized half a kilogram of cocaine, 1 kilogram of molly, 17.2 pounds of marijuana, and various prescription medications.
They also seized 8.1 grams of fentanyl, which is enough to kill more than 2,000 people. In total, the street value of the drugs was close to $54,000. A dozen firearms and $40,000 in cash were also seized by law enforcement. Two of the firearms were reported stolen.
Six people were arrested and there are still several warrants out for other members of “Billy Blood.” Many of those arrested had prior criminal records. They had been arrested for crimes such as assault, drug trafficking, and theft.