Authorities have arrested nearly 40 people and seized firearms, large amounts of drugs and thousands of dollars in cash as a result of a narcotics investigation in Miami-Dade County.
"Operation Smoke" began as an effort to reduce gun violence in the community, Miami-Dade police said on Tuesday. Detectives later found numerous narcotics sales happening in the area were related to recent shootings and gang activity.
So far, investigators arrested nearly 40 people, served 14 search warrants and seized 19 firearms.
Investigators also confiscated over 9,000 grams of marijuana, over 100 grams of powder cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, 83 grams of MDMA and over $32,000 in cash.
The operation was a collaboration with U.S. Marshals Service, ATF and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.