The DEA searched and shut down a dozen Florida pharmacies this week as part of “Operation Cazador,” seizing roughly 200,000 opioid pills, more than 35 weapons and about $3.3 million in assets, NBC News reported Friday.
The takedown targeted physicians and pharmacists who, in the eyes of law enforcement officials, have worsened the overdose crisis. In central Florida, for example, DEA agents arrested the manager of a convenience store who has been charged for selling heroin and cocaine tied to multiple overdose deaths. More than a dozen people were arrested in connection with a convenience store in Winter Garden, Florida, that the DEA says was a front for a drug ring connected to multiple overdose deaths. It was just one part of a bust that saw agents carry out some 50 search warrants on pharmacies and 25 interviews with physicians, as well as a handful of USPS and FedEx parcel interdictions.