FLORIDA’S LAKE COUNTY – The largest fentanyl bust in Lake County history, according to deputies, involved the discovery of a nearly $300,000 drug trafficking operation and the booking of 27 people on drug-related charges. Operation “Sneak-A-Peak” started in February after authorities claimed to have learned more about three guys who were crucial to the operation. Three men, Cliff “Sneak” Johnson, 40, Charles “Cuz” Carter, 50, and Andrew “Smurph” Woodruff, 37, are charged with trafficking and dealing a variety of drugs of Mexican origin.
According to law authorities, the drugs entered the country from Mexico through Texas and California before being shipped via postal services to Florida. Over 43 pounds of the drugs, with a street worth of approximately $300,000, were kept in four automobiles. Approximately three pounds of fentanyl, 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of marijuana, two pounds of cocaine, and five ounces of heroin processed and packaged for trafficking were found in the seized vehicles, according to investigation reports. Additionally, the investigators discovered 13 weapons, 3 of which were stolen, and over $12,000 in cash in the vehicles.
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In connection with the investigation of drug-related allegations, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office detained and booked over 27 individuals as well as three search warrants.
Lake County Will Maintain Free Dinners From 2022-23
Despite no longer being eligible for district-wide financing for a free meals programme, Lake County Schools declared it will carry on with the initiative through the 2022–23 academic year, giving all children access to free breakfasts and lunches. The Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 permits the most impoverished districts and schools in the nation to offer free lunches to students without requiring household applications.
Even though Lake County was eligible for the programme on a district-wide level in 2018, the provision only allowed for four years of participation. The district also received financing over the last two years from the Epidemic Child Hunger Prevent Act in order to offer free lunches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since some schools no longer satisfy the criteria for funding, Congress recently authorised extensions to the programme, but only for specific Lake County schools.
Nevertheless, according to Lake County Schools, an estimated $3 million in extra monies from the 2020–21 and 2021–22 school years were received, plus more cash the district anticipates receiving in 2022–23. According to district officials, this money will be used for food service-related costs in order to maintain the free lunch programme for the remainder of the upcoming academic year. Many families are struggling due to the high cost of petrol, groceries, and other things, according to Superintendent Diane Kornegay. “We anticipate some relief from this.” Families will not need to apply for the free lunches or fulfil financial limits, as was the case under CEP, according to the school system.
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