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4 Orange County SWAT teams arrest 33 in drug bust

There are 75 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 25, 2008, titled 4 Orange County SWAT teams arrest 33 in drug bust. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Apopka -area drug users might find cocaine a little harder to come by after the arrests of suspected dealers.

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Darnit

Essex, MD

#1 Apr 25, 2008
GOOD JOB LET"S KEEP IT ROLLING!! GET THEM ALL!!
Scott

Hollywood, FL

#2 Apr 25, 2008
GREAT WORK SWAT TEAM's.

Don't stop now--continue the fight.

The druggies are a blight on society.

Don't worry If you reduce the gene pool while cleaning up the blight.
Steve

United States

#3 Apr 25, 2008
As long as our government prohibits cocaine and marijuana from being sold at ABC Liquor, the demand will be met by street thugs. When was the last time a liquor store manager shot someone's child on the street? We need good addiction prevention programs, and we need to legitimize the supply line. If these guys didn't have drug money flowing in, they wouldn't have been able to afford those four guns.

In the meantime, these guys need to spend a long long time in jail....preferably long enough that they forget how to get back to Orlando!
Lak

Clearwater, FL

#6 Apr 25, 2008
Great job! Now if only the judges and lawyers would keep them locked up..... they should follow up on this story and see how soon they are out and back at it.
ann

Orlando, FL

#7 Apr 25, 2008
$3,000 in cash, six cars, 110 grams of cocaine and several guns, including three rifles and four handguns." ..... this is the 'bust' of the century???!!!
Kyle

Sanford, FL

#8 Apr 25, 2008
Great job all around... The bad part about this is, these people can't be stopped as long as there are junkies there will be thugs selling this stuff.
HeadonStr8

Ocala, FL

#9 Apr 25, 2008
Good! Drugs are stupid, they rot your brain and make you forget who you can be!
Here we go

United States

#10 Apr 25, 2008
Lak wrote:
Great job! Now if only the judges and lawyers would keep them locked up..... they should follow up on this story and see how soon they are out and back at it.
My thoughts exactly. And even sadder, it will be a short victory, because now the gangs that compete for that area will take over.
Tired of Paying

AOL

#11 Apr 25, 2008
This case had a huge community impact," said Lt. Carl Metzger of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. "Residents in that portion of Orange County should sleep better."

Yea, for about 6 hours until these thugs are out on bond and back in business.
OverKill

Orlando, FL

#12 Apr 25, 2008
I would suggest these military wannabes go to Iraq if they want to play army. There is no need or excuse for these military style raids in a free country.
Wide Awake

Mount Dora, FL

#13 Apr 25, 2008
Here we go wrote:
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My thoughts exactly. And even sadder, it will be a short victory, because now the gangs that compete for that area will take over.
Sentinel, how about some follow up on this?

It's easy to report a "bust." What we want to know is what happens now that the theatrical display of force has been reported.

There are plenty of places in this world that have virtually eliminated drug dealing. Why not Central Florida?
John

Orlando, FL

#14 Apr 25, 2008
Why does one County have 4 paramilitary police units ?
onepopo

Palm Bay, FL

#15 Apr 25, 2008
Come on Sentinel, The headline should have read "MBI ARRESTS 33 IN DRUG BUST." That was all of their legwork and investigation that led to these arrests. They used the SWAT teams because they are needed when making pre-planned apprehensions of people that are known to be armed.

You allowed people to slam the vice side of MBI when they were going after the Orlando Weekly. Yet you do not give the drug side of MBI credit where it is truly deserved.
You guys are so incredibly slanted it's ridiculous.

Great job MBI on this one! Anytime criminals are separated from their guns it's a good thing. Hopefully the courts will follow through with stiff sentencing for those that were arrested.
Cold Realist

Leesburg, FL

#16 Apr 25, 2008
Send this turd world trash back to Mexico....in a box.
Brosef

Denver, CO

#17 Apr 25, 2008
John wrote:
Why does one County have 4 paramilitary police units ?
Do a ride-along with an OC Sherriff Deputy one night and you'll see more evidence of violence than you'd believe. Life isn't all that perfect here in Orange county.
Marcus in Orlando

Lakeland, FL

#18 Apr 25, 2008
whenever they blasts someones street name like the ICE MAN on the paper, it usually isint the biggest fish and now they publicized this shitty bust of 3grand 110 grams of coke and there not gonna get any top dogs. must of been kevin berrys idea, so he could look good on his last term
The Sand Man

Marathon, FL

#19 Apr 25, 2008
Police are doing a good job but the judges are the ones letting these people off the hook. Were tired living in fear of theses thugs send them back to mexico where they belong.Life would be alot better off without these bums over here.
JustPlainMe

San Antonio, TX

#20 Apr 25, 2008
I feel the need to look closer at the entire saga. First, I frequently knock the MBI's vice unit, and for good solid reasons, but I cannot knock the drug unit because I really know little about them. I do not believe that the MBI, in its entirety, is a necessary agency in the area. Doesn't OCSO and OPD have drug units and a gang unit? And then of course we have the feds - so I'm not clear on why the MBI exists. On to the story:

If you read the story the bigger bust happened back in March when all the real cash was seized. This tells you that these so-called hardened criminals were probably on the streets, and working to set-up for the MBI - like I stated yesterday many became informants. The ones named in the article probably had little or nothing to offer. This started six months ago, according to the article - clearly there are many more informants involved, including the four not named.

It looks like this was all small potatoes in the grand scheme of the drug world. It took four paramilitary units to bring these people in? I concur with the other poster that didn't understand why we have four - I'm sure one would be sufficient.

As far as my small potatoes statement goes: Former Sheriff Vogel (Volusia) confiscated more than the 110 grams of cocaine just sitting a deputy on I-95 - probably more every week, but it's hard to say as Vogel was using the south bound lane more and grabbing the cash going south, not the drugs going north. Sometimes Vogel went after the north bound, just to say he did, and accomplished much more than the amount confiscated here in one week. That was a couple of deputies watching traffic on I-95 for a day to a week - do you see the comparison?

A former in-law relation to me is serving 20 years in federal prison for trafficking - the amount stated by the feds was over 500 kilos. He's already served ten years of it, and only got that sentence by working with the feds, otherwise it would have been life. He is far from alone! The bust of the year in the article is nothing - all that manpower over some grams of cocaine, some cars, a little cash - but then the MBI had visions of millions after the $300,000 was grabbed in March - they tried to go after much more but it was a nothing operation that turned up nothing more. The feds were not even interested it was so little.

That is what I read in the article.
JustPlainMe

San Antonio, TX

#21 Apr 25, 2008
onepopo wrote:
Come on Sentinel, The headline should have read "MBI ARRESTS 33 IN DRUG BUST." That was all of their legwork and investigation that led to these arrests. They used the SWAT teams because they are needed when making pre-planned apprehensions of people that are known to be armed.
You allowed people to slam the vice side of MBI when they were going after the Orlando Weekly. Yet you do not give the drug side of MBI credit where it is truly deserved.
You guys are so incredibly slanted it's ridiculous.
Great job MBI on this one! Anytime criminals are separated from their guns it's a good thing. Hopefully the courts will follow through with stiff sentencing for those that were arrested.
Four guns and thirty something people is "known to be armed?" We could probably find more than that in your house. Get real!
mexicana

Wauchula, FL

#22 Apr 25, 2008
its bad they got caught but they cant get everyone. c u later vatos.

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