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Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 10 2018 5:26 PM

Twelve people ranging in age from 16 to 66 are in custody after the execution of multiple search warrants early 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 2018.

Over the course of the four month investigation, it was learned narcotics ranging from cocaine and heroin, to marijuana, methamphetamine, and Oxycodone were being sold from individuals associated with 212 Hickory Street and 216 Hickory Street. The OCSO and Organized Crime Task Force along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, ATF and Northwest Florida HIDTA group, this morning executed search warrants at those locations and made a dozen arrests.

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 forced entry.

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 containing individual charges are being compiled and will be distributed when they become available.

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