39 Busted in Grove Drug Sting

Miami neighborhood hotbed of drug trafficking, officials say

Nearly 40 drug traffickers were busted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in a widespread ring that stretched from Miami to Orlando, authorities said.

Over 90,000 cocaine rocks, several AK-47s, exotic cars, bank accounts and a house were seized in the investigation, which lasted over two years.

The investigation centered around the Coconut Grove area, which authorities said was a hotbed for the distribution of crack, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Thirty defendants will be charged with federal crimes and another nine will be prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.

“This investigation and the resulting prosecutions will rid the community of Coconut Grove of major narcotic traffickers who have put their profit motive ahead of any concern for the well being of the community,” said Miami Police Chief John Timoney.

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