By Matt ApuzzoPublished Mar 07, 2018 12:24:59A Florida man who had more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in his car was busted Thursday in a massive bust that involved more than a dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The arrest of Jeffrey J. McPherson, 41, of Florida, in connection with the investigation, a day after authorities announced the arrest of another man in connection to the operation, came less than two years after the FBI arrested and charged two men in a case of the largest drug trafficking ring to date in the United States.
The federal drug task force made the arrest Thursday after the Florida Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested McPterson and charged him with possessing and distributing more than 600 pounds of a highly potent marijuana strain known as “Stingray” in a warehouse near Lake Wales, the DEA said.
McParters charges come amid a nationwide crackdown on marijuana distribution.
The operation, dubbed the largest organized drug trafficking operation in U.T.oland said it was conducted by agents of the DEA, U.N. narcotics agency and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
It also was coordinated by the DEA and OCSO, he said.
“The sting operation involved more U. S. law enforcement and U. T. law enforcers than any other law enforcement operation in the history of the U,T.,” Rolando said.
“These agents took a big risk, knowing that if this one failed, this operation would not succeed.
The arrests come as Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to grow, distribute or possess marijuana in the state.
The bill was introduced in the Florida Legislature last week by Rep. John C. Davenport, R-St. Petersburg.
The U.A.E. has grown in popularity in recent years.
A 2012 study found that more than 70% of adults in the nation now use marijuana.
A 2017 Gallup poll found that 51% of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized.
The survey was conducted Jan. 16-20.
In addition to McPters arrest, authorities in the State of Florida arrested eight men and a woman in connection this week with the operation.
Authorities in Palm Beach County and other Florida cities arrested two other men and two women in connection.
The men and women were being held without bond.
A search warrant for McPhers home was executed by a deputy sheriff’s deputy in the city of Tampa.
Authorities have not disclosed the amount of marijuana seized.
A source close to the investigation told the Miami Herald that the men arrested Thursday were working for the Ute Indian Tribe, which has a relationship with McPhedson.”
I have never, ever had any contact with anyone that would be in violation of any laws or any rules or anything,” McPhentson said.
A source close to the investigation told the Miami Herald that the men arrested Thursday were working for the Ute Indian Tribe, which has a relationship with McPhedson.
The DEA declined to comment on the arrest, citing the ongoing investigation.