PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said his deputies, with help from the DEA and Dade City Police, have busted a major meth ring.
Nocco said deputies seized more than 14 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $635,000 on the street.
The drugs were found smuggled in cars, hidden in toys and other packaging.
Nocco said the drugs seized would have produced more than 25,000 doses.
“That was 25,424 less times that someone could have overdosed,” said Nocco.
The drug ring had ties leading from Mexico to California and then to the Tampa Bay area.
Incredibly, detectives believe the drug ring was being run by an inmate in a California prison.
“We know that he’s on a phone inside a California prison for 18 hours a day conducting drug operations,” said Nocco.
Among those arrested for dealing the drugs is Alfred Joseph Grabowski.
Grabowski was the subject of an 8 on Your Side investigation in 2011.
Grabowski was the owner of First Class Pest Solutions in Land O Lakes.
The business had more than 100 consumer complaints and an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Following the investigation, a criminal case was filed and the business was shut down.
Detectives said Grabowski turned to dealing drugs and brought danger to the neighborhood where he lived.
“Mr. Grabowski had his door barricaded, he had weapons in the house. He was prepared for someone to kick his door in and do some damage,” said an undercover detective, who worked the case and can not be identified.
Grabowski’s neighbors were shocked when he was arrested for dealing drugs.
“This doesn’t happen over here. This neighborhood is actually a pretty quiet neighborhood,” said Angel Amengual, who lives across the street.
Sheriff Nocco said the drugs that were being dealt are destroying families.
“These people sell drugs and what they sell kills people,” said Nocco.
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