In conjunction with an undercover drug smuggling investigation, in which authorities confiscated 11 pounds of fentanyl made in Mexico, three individuals were detained in Florida.
Biggest Bust in History
According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, it was the biggest fentanyl seizure in the history of the organization. The number of drugs was enough to kill 2.7 million people.
Investigators claim the fentanyl was produced in Mexico, then brought illegally into the United States. It was later converted into synthetic pills and distributed on the open market.
Homeland Security, Border Patrol, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement all collaborated on the covert operation, which was underway in September.
The city of Bradenton and Polk County were the final destinations of fentanyl trafficked from Mexico, according to details given to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
For $24,000 a kg, undercover investigators planned to buy fentanyl from an unnamed source in Mexico.
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Ignacio Rodriguez, a 28-year-old local broker for the drug purchase, informed the police the Mexican source would only trade in large quantities; the cost of the substance varied according to its quality.
On September 19, detectives arranged the acquisition of fentanyl for $60,000.
Rodriguez arrived at the Polk County meeting carrying five of the six kg. He had three kilograms buried in a yellow Igloo cooler and two kilograms stashed in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
After that, the facilitator gave the investigators a warning about the danger of overdosing.
He advised them to put on gloves and a mask and to drink milk to ease their chest pains prior to taking the medicine. Rodriguez also claimed to be able to sell the investigators meth, cocaine, and cannabis.
Detectives located two additional suspects outside of North Carolina while conducting their investigation. On October 11, they traveled from North Carolina to Polk County to speak with undercover police officers about a new fentanyl transaction.
Drugs Smuggled Over Border
Castro Solache admitted to police that he and the Mexican supplier intended to build a piece of their drug trafficking enterprise in Polk County; he intended to relocate there and assume control of the Mexican cartels’ activities.
When both guys were apprehended on October 12, they admitted to police they were being paid to gather cash for a fentanyl drug dealer in Mexico. Castro Solache is being held in the Polk County Jail by the Border Patrol because he is a non-citizen.
Charges of fentanyl trafficking conspiracy have been brought against Castro Solache and Mondragon. On October 17, Mondragon was granted bail.
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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detained Rodriguez on October 14 for smuggling fentanyl, conspiring to traffic in fentanyl, possessing a car for narcotics trafficking, using a two-way radio illegally, and possessing drug paraphernalia.
On October 15, he was freed from the Manatee County Jail after paying a $56,500 bond.This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.