Daytona Beach - Of the 43 mugshots on the poster, 21 were in jail, including 10 who were already locked up and had new charges filed against them. Eleven of those 21 were arrested Thursday.
As summer approaches, Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said he's putting the heat on street level drug dealers with 70 either already behind bars or being hunted by his officers.
Capri made the announcement during a press conference Thursday outside the department’s Orange Avenue precinct while flanked by Deputy Chief Jakari Young and several prosecutors. Capri stood near a poster showing 43 mug shots. The poster did not include 27 people who had already been arrested during the six-month sweep dubbed Operation Tone Setter.
Capri said the operation was intended to “set the tone” against those who want to deal drugs in the city.
"The weather is getting a lot nicer and you are going to have a lot of kids getting out of school," Capri said. "What are kids going to do in the summer? They like to go out on the street and play, play basketball, have a good time.
"They should be able to enjoy their neighborhood, enjoy their community without the threat of somebody coming by buying drugs, selling drugs."
He said sometimes people drive recklessly when doing these deals and someone standing nearby could get hurt.
He said that drug dealers and buyers who get into a dispute may start shooting at each other injuring an innocent person who had nothing to do with the crime and just happened to be in the path of a bullet.
Of the 43 mugshots on the poster, 21 were in jail, including 10 who were already locked up and had new charges filed against them. Eleven of those 21 were arrested Thursday.
Officers have taken seven guns, including three stolen firearms, as part of the sweep.
"One gun on the street in the hands of the wrong person could be devastating," Capri said.
Drugs and guns are a bad combination, he added.
"Drugs and guns, you add that together what do you have? Chaos, mayhem and problems, so we got to rid the streets of that and make it safer for everybody," Capri said.
So far during the operation, officers have seized the following drugs (with their weight in grams): marijuana, 500; heroin, 70.8; MDMA (molly/ecstasy) 65.5; cocaine, 38.4; methamphetamine, 17.
They also confiscated $340 in counterfeit money along with $19,189 in real money, Capri said.
Most of the suspects are convicted felons with all but one having been arrested in the past.
Twenty-seven of those arrested or sought on Thursday face cocaine-related charges, four heroin-related, two marijuana and three synthetic marijuana. One person was arrested on charges related to oxycodone, another for fentanyl and another for MDMA.
Capri said his officers are going to keep the heat up as summer approaches with more operations.
"People come here to live because they love the city," Capri said. "And they shouldn't have to be terrorized by drug dealers and people running around here with guns, so we are going to put a stop to that."
DON'T MISS AN EPISODE, SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Google Play]]>