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Operation Never Back Down nets 57 warrants

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10:48 am

Operation Never Back Down targeting habitual drug suspects within the city of Kissimmee has yielded arrest warrants for 57 suspects.

Operation Never Back Down was a combined effort including the Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration over several months targeting habitual drug dealers in the Kissimmee area.  During the course of the investigation, the detectives/agents were able to build cases on 57 suspects.

On Jan. 25, members of the Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Cloud Police Department participated in a warrant round up to take the suspects into custody. Of the 57 suspects, 28 were arrested and transported to the Osceola County Jail.

“This operation signals the beginning of an initiative focused on improving the quality of life in our community.  Based on several complaints from residents, coupled with the tragic loss of our officers, we needed to make a significant impact on those who choose to participate in this type illicit activity.  We are extremely grateful for our partnership with both local and federal law enforcement agencies and their commitment to making a positive impact in our city,” said Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell.

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Walsh said, “This was a large-scale complex investigation targeting habitual drug and some of the most violent crime offenders in the greater Kissimmee area. The area of operations has long been plagued by narcotics trafficking and violent crime as was evidenced by police reporting and numerous citizen complaints received by KPD.  Throughout the investigation Agents/Detectives have purchased and/or seized illegal narcotics to include, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. This operational focus is aligned with DEAs “Rolling Thunder” initiative which focuses DEA assets and resources on the local impact, street level violent crime networks that have a negative impact on our communities and citizens on a daily basis.”