Osceola County sheriff announces new narcotics investigation unit

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez announced a new Osceola County narcotics investigation unit on Monday afternoon.

Lopez announced the creation of the Osceola Narcotics Investigative Bureau partnering with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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The announcement comes a week after board members voted to dissolve the Osceola County Investigative Bureau, a multi-jurisdictional anti-drug task force that targeted mid to upper-level drug traffickers.

Lopez said 16 deputies will serve on the unit investigating drug cases throughout the county.

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“To my knowledge, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has never had a narcotics unit with this number of dedicated law enforcement officers targeting drug traffickers,” Lopez said.

On Monday, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell also announced a new narcotics unit to investigate and prosecute high-level drug trafficking cases.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.