700+ pounds of cocaine seized in Central Florida raid named “Operation Outta Hand”

Federal and state officials said more than 339 kilos – or 700 pounds of cocaine – was seized – and 35 people arrested – in an international drug trafficking ring that shipped and distributed the drugs in Central Florida, and along the U.S. Eastern Coast.

MBI Director Ron Stucker described the bust as “one of the largest cocaine trafficking operations we’ve seen in Central Florida in three decades.”

“The members of this organization are accused of trafficking hundreds of kilos of cocaine into and through Central Florida,” he told reporters during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

He said the alleged drug trafficking ring used the U.S. Postal Service and other private carriers to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico to Central Florida, and then distribute it here and up the Eastern Coast, including Maine and New Jersey.


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