With an opioid crisis sweeping the nation, Miami-Dade police have been on a mission to track down those responsible for putting the deadly drugs on the streets.
On Wednesday, the department — with the help of the Miami-Dade state attorney's office and the Drug Enforcement Administration — hit the streets in an operation dubbed Dragon Slayer II.
Wednesday’s roundup — which yielded 12 arrests and 33 grams of heroin — was the second phase of the operation. In November 2016, police arrested 16 people as part of Dragon Slayer I.
The operations were the result of a months-long investigations where officers identified individuals who were in possession and trafficking heroin.
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Cops used the name Dragon Slayer because dragon is the nickname for heroin.
On Wednesday, police had a list of 12 people they were looking to charge: Enoch Parks, James Williams, Edward Fletcher, Cedrick Bean, Carlos Rodriguez, Teri McCarthy, Tevin Spencer, Alexander Gilbert, James Reath, Ormandis Perez, Pedro Alonso, Roberto Romero.
All but McCarthy, Reath, Alonso and Romero were arrested Wednesday and most were charged with heroin sales. Four other people, who were not on the original list of 12, were arrested during the operation. Those also arrested Wednesday were: Anthony Grant, Anthony Mercer, Lloyd Campbell and Prescott Farnell.
“This type of activity is going on in our communities,” said Daniel Ferrin, a spokesman for Miami-Dade police. “The use and sale of heroin is a problem and this type of operation is a way to combat it.”
Wednesday’s bust led to the confiscation of several packets of suspected heroin and three weapons, two of which were reported stolen. One was an AR-15 rifle with ammunition.