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UPDATE: St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office teamed with federal agents in heroine crackdown

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Deputies and other federal agencies teamed up to take down 13 people in a heroine ring. (SLCSO)

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Monday on the agency's end to a long-term investigation on a heroin ring.

Deputies arrested 33-year-old William Strachan and his brother Leo Douglas along with 11 others after a four month heroine crackdown.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said that with the help of Homeland Security, the DEA, FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested them as part of "Operation 2nd Mistake."

Sheriff Mascara said that "Operation 2nd Mistake" was based off of their previous investigation, "Operation Big Mi-Steak", where they made 43 arrests, seized 35 guns along with a laundry list of drugs.

"Operation 2nd Mistake" focused on the co-conspirators, suppliers and other dealers connected to those arrested in "Operation Big Mi-Steak."

Deputies seized various types of guns and miscellaneous ammunition.

Sheriff Mascara said they seized ½ kilo of cocaine, 194 grams of heroin, 740 grams of fentanyl, as well as other drugs and drug paraphernalia.

According to Detective Andrew Bolonka, Martin County Sheriff's deputies also arrested two men from South Florida. Tyco Dean and John Allen Crane, Jr. were arrested in Martin County.

Bolonka said Crane, who is from Miami-Dade, told deputies that the drugs found in his car were probiotics for his dog. Dean, from Broward County, attempted to flee the scene at a traffic stop.

Sheriff Mascara closed by saying, "if you're dealing heroine or fenyanyl in our county, you have two options: stop what you're doing or you're in our sights."


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