FL, AG Pam Bondi on Largest Heroin Bust, “I think the wall might get built a little faster”
HERNANDO – Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, made a stop in Hernando County Friday to praise the Sheriff’s Office on the largest Heroin bust in County history.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis says through a 6 to 8 month investigation investigators discovered that 46-year-old Kelvin Scott Johnson, a Spring Hill resident, had been traveling to an undisclosed location in the Northeast, where he would mail thousands of heroin doses back to Hernando County.
On January 27th, Detectives intercepted Johnson as he entered Hernando County and arrested him without incident.
During the investigation, Detectives confiscated 5500 individually packaged heroin doses, worth over an estimated $100,000.
The drug dealer responsible for packaging the heroin doses either had a political message or just a sense of humor when he stamped the likenesses of Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo, Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar, and even President Donald Trump on the envelopes. But Attorney General Pam Bondi didn’t find the joke funny at all when she held up a dose and said “This drug dealer made a big mistake by putting the President’s picture on this because he (President Trump) is going to be our most fiercest advocate for taking this junk off the streets.” Bondi went on to say “I’m going to make sure he gets one of these packets when this case is over, to put in the Oval Office, to remind him of all the good he’s doing.”
Bondi explained that human trafficking and the heroin industry go hand-in-hand, stating, “it’s all tied together in this war on human trafficking… this is the drug of choice for human traffickers. When they take a young girl, a young boy… They’re immediately getting them addicted to this stuff.”
“The majority is being manufactured in Asia and coming through the traditional smuggling routes of Canada but mainly Mexico,” says Bondi.
I asked Bondi if the she had talked to the President regarding the heroin epidemic and the building of the “Wall” and she said “The President called me two days ago from the Oval Office but didn’t talk about anything particular because our Navy SEAL’s body was brought back to Dover…” Bondi did say that she talked to him about building the “Wall” and “I talked about heroin as I do every time I talk to him.” She went on to say, “I think the wall might get built a little fast, but that’s just me saying…”
Bondi went on to commend Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the multi-agency task force that helped make the arrest possible.
The human trafficking element isn’t as relevant to Hernando County as it is with neighboring jurisdictions that allow adult entertainment establishments, which is why Pasco County organized a task force to make sure businesses comply with state and local laws and ordinances.
RNRF recently tagged along with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, as it made unannounced visits to some local strip clubs in Hudson.
State Law requires that signs be displayed inside truck stops and rest areas throughout Florida so that victims can contact the authorities if they or someone they know is a victim of human trafficking. Pasco County requires that all adult entertainment businesses follow the same guidelines and must post the same signage in restroom stalls and dressing rooms.
Although no major violations have been discovered in recent weeks, there were some citations issued from the Building and Health Departments, respectively.
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