99 arrests in 2-day crackdown on highway drugs in St. Lucie County

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC) - A two-day crackdown on drugs in St. Lucie County led to the arrests of 99 people.

The Sheriff's Office said the highway interdiction operation focused on the western corridor, including Interstate 95, State Road 70, State Road 68 and Midway Road, on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Bryan Beaty, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, told CBS12's Jana Eschbach some of those arrested were headed in the direction of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office reported 19 arrests at this year's festival, down from 40 a year ago.

Investigators made 750 contacts with people over those two days. The effort generated 56 traffic citations, 275 warnings, 17 equipment corrections and 99 arrests.

The arrests resulted in 146 misdemeanor and 114 felony charges, most for possession of illegal drugs.

Law enforcement seized mushrooms, edible marijuana, Ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, Molly, heroin, LSD, hydrocodone pills and prescription pills.

“These two days proved to be one of the most successful drug interdictions in our county’s history and pulled together a partnership of law enforcement all with the same core goal, to ensure that events in and around our county are safe and drug free,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “With the current heroin epidemic facing our state and country, the potential for deadly overdose from any drug is high, who knows how many lives were saved thanks to the efforts this operation.”

Officers from the Sheriff's Office, Port St. Lucie Police, Florida Highway Patrol, the DEA, ATF and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol took part in the operation.

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