The City of Titusville, Florida / Police / NewsTitusville Police Bust Major Prescription Pill Trafficking RingThursday, April 21, 2011
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outlines State's fight against presciption pill abuse during a news conference at the Titusville Police department on April 21st.
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Titusville Police Chief Tony Bollinger was joined by Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker, FDLE Resident Agent in Charge, Wayne Ivey, and DEA Assistant Agent in Charge Jeff Walsh, as they announced the breakup of a major prescription trafficking ring operating in Brevard County.
The six-month investigation revealed that the leader of the ring, Michael Dennis, 37 of Rockledge, has sold 43,000 Oxy pills and made over a half million dollars ($567,840) in the past year.
Early this morning, approximately sixty detectives, agents, and officers from Titusville Police, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), began simultaneously executing a series of search and arrest warrants at residences in Titusville, Rockledge, and Cocoa.
Twenty suspects were arrested today. Several more arrests are expected. Charges involved can include twenty-five year minimum mandatory sentences.
“Illegal prescription abuse has become an epidemic”, said Titusville Chief Tony Bollinger. “We are committed to joining forces with other agencies in the State and not allow jurisdictional boundaries to get in the way”, added Bollinger.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi added that seven to ten Floridians a day die each day in this State from prescription pill abuse.