MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – An undercover drug operation in Clay County led to the arrests of 26 people, who were under investigation for several months, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
As of Friday afternoon, five people were still being sought in "Operation Sheriff's Office Blend," which also involved the Orange Park and Green Cove Springs police departments, Sheriff Darryl Daniels announced.
"You got options," Daniels said. "You can stop what you're doing, leave Clay County or we're coming to get you."
The Sheriff's Office set up a command center outside the Kangaroo gas station near County Road 218 and Mimosa Avenue in Middleburg.
Just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Daniels said, various teams began serving 44 warrants throughout Clay County. The sheriff said 21 of the 24 people suspected of dealing illegal narcotics were arrested on warrants, while the other two were arrested on probable cause.
Those arrested are facing various drug charges, ranging from trafficking heroin to the sale and delivery of cocaine, meth, marijuana and fentanyl.
Daniels said taking those people off the streets and putting them in jail not only stopped them from selling dangerous narcotics, it also saved lives of people who could have overdosed.