BROWARD (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office gave suspected drug dealers and traffickers a taste of their own medicine in what they called “Operation Bad Dose.”
The three-day crackdown resulted in 82 arrests, 15 firearms taken off the streets and more than $151,000 seized.
“We’re basically saying to drug dealers and traffickers, you’re going to jail. You’re not going to continue to sell this poison out on the streets of Broward County without consequences,” said Sheriff Scott Israel.
Video from one of the stings shows a child skipping along with his mom to a drug deal.
Investigators said the mother, identified as Glenda Brinson, jumped into an SUV, placing her child on her lap during the undercover buy.
After the deal, deputies moved in on her as she and the little boy race into a restaurant. She was arrested and her little boy removed.
For the deputies it was heartbreaking.
“To find out a woman showed up at drug deal to sell to our under covers with her small child, it was just horrific hearing that,” said Sheriff Israel.
BSO, along with Fort Lauderdale police and federal agents, fanned out pulling off one bust after another.
“As you can see here, he has pre-packaged amounts of heroin ready for sale, pellet form as well as bagged up,” an agent said in a video from a raid.
It was like a drug super store in one of the raided hotel rooms. Wiky Jean was arrested there.
Investigators say he had several hundred thousand dollars worth of drugs for sale.
“We got a kilo of heroin, we have a large amount of cocaine, marijuana, possibly hashish,” the agent stated. “So this guy’s been basically a one stop shop for narcotics.”
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel says the big problem is heroin mixed with fentanyl. It’s a deadly combo, and he plans to hit dealers hard.
“I’ve instructed our special investigation division if someone dies as a result of the drug and we can prove who sold them the drug, they will be charged with a homicide,” Israel said.
If you think someone in your neighborhood is pushing drugs, but wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.