The Mexican Cartel tried to bring more than $50 million worth of meth into Polk County!
That’s right! $50 million worth of methamphetamine are linked to the Juarez Mexican Drug Cartel was seized during the Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
Here’s the breakdown of what happened…
The investigation called “Operation Dirty Water” started after officers got a package from Quebec, Canada that contained 2,500 Xanax pills.
Police then delivered that ‘package’ to 37-year-old Amber Cayson of Winter Haven where they found 24 pounds of THC edibles, 2.4 pounds of marijuana and a pound of meth. She was arrested and detectives then went on to the next person who sent her the drugs.
Police then learned that the suspected drug trafficker was 37-year-old Brian “Lil B” Stanton who arranged the sale and delivery of meth in Polk County.
Stanton scheduled 43-year old Jennifer Meers, from Georgia to deliver 26 pounds of meth to an undercover detective at a hotel in Lakeland. One week later, Meers was set to deliver another 35 pounds of meth and that’s when she was arrested.
After being taken into custody Meers’ told investigators about three different meth conversion labs in Georgia which led to three arrests and 1,416 pounds of crystalized and liquid meth being seized.
All of these drugs comefrom the Juarez Mexican Cartel which is a brutally violent cartel known for its targeted executions and violence.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, “Some people still call this low-level, non-violent drugs. These drug dealers have blood on their hands. They make money off the misery of others. They use violence as a means to enforce their trafficking business. We seized 20 firearms during this investigation, including rifles, shotguns, handguns, and three stolen guns. Methamphetamine destroys lives, degrades communities, and ruins families. Through our partnership with Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies in Florida and Georgia, our detectives took a huge amount of meth off the street and shut down an active drug trafficker operating out of a federal prison.”