A collaborative effort among the Sheriff’s Offices in Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden counties to reduce violent crimes resulted in at least two-dozen arrests and the seizure of firearms and illegal drugs. The law enforcement agencies, with the assistance of Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Corrections, all partnered during the week of April 14 to 16, for the ongoing Deputies Without Borders initiative.

During the three-day operation, 225 traffic stops were conducted with a total of 16 citations and 135 warnings. Twenty-five people were arrested, and two guns were seized. Together, the partnering agencies confiscated illegal narcotics that include various amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, synthetic drugs and prescription pills. More than 6.5 grams of fentanyl, which is considered a trafficking amount, was also seized during the operation, according to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office press release. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It only takes about 2 milligrams of fentanyl to be a fatal amount.

“Fentanyl is a dangerous drug that is becoming an increasing problem not just locally, but nationwide. Deputies Without Borders allows all the participating law enforcement agencies to share and utilize resources, intelligence and manpower to help get this lethal drug off the streets,” said Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil.

The law enforcement agencies also worked with FDC probation officers to conduct home visits to at least 24 violent/sex offenders. The checks were conducted to ensure the probationers were following the terms of release.

Deputies Without Borders was launched in 2018, and is an ongoing effort to prevent violent crimes, the transportation of drugs, firearms and stolen property.

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