This is just the beginning, said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
Volusia County deputies dismantled a 23-person Deltona heroin traffic organization responsible for distributing large amounts of heroin in the county on Tuesday, March 13, seizing 1.5 kilograms of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, a firearm and a large undetermined amount of cash.
"These scumbags are the peddlers of death in our community," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
After a yearlong investigation, the Volusia Bureau of Investigation and the Deltona Narcotics Enforcement Team identified and arrested
the ringleader, Henry Guilfu Bermudez and his Orlando supplier Salvador Cancel Castillo during "Operation Heavyweight." The teams also identified 21 of Bermudez's "mules," as Chitwood called them. The confiscated heroin is estimated to be enough for 15,000 doses and valued at $150,000.
Five of the 23 members are still outstanding. Deltona City Commissioner Anita Bradford said she hopes dealers know there's a "new sheriff in town."
"Get your drugs out of my town because we're watching you," Bradford said.
Chitwood said it was not a good day to be a heroin dealer in Deltona, but that this was just the beginning. There are other ongoing investigations that will lead them to other parts of the county in the coming months.
"We're coming after this as much as we can," Chitwood said.