Operation Sneak-A-Peek was a four-month-long narcotics investigation in Lake County that involved nine different agencies and was named for Cliff Johnson, the first suspect that agents discovered.
According to Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, “Mr. Johnson goes by the street moniker Sneak, and our detectives had a peep at what Mr. Sneak was up to.” Law officials claimed that by the time it was all finished, they had broken up a drug ring involving nearly thirty suspects and had seized more than 3 pounds of fentanyl, the highest amount ever found in Lake County.
I’m confident that taking that amount of fentanyl off the streets saves lives because it has the potential to kill thousands of people, Grinnell said. Agents also seized thirteen guns, including three AK-47s, an AR-15, and a variety of pistols, along with 22 pounds of meth, 2 pounds of cocaine, $12,000 in cash, and other contraband.
The detectives had to be available at all times to complete the operation. They visited Florida’s entire state as well as Georgia. They discovered as a result that many of these substances originated in Mexico and crossed into Texas and Mexico.
— Lake County Sheriff (@LakeCoILSheriff) June 28, 2022
Three hydraulic machines used to crush narcotics were also seized. They insert it into the device, depress the button, and are left with a transport-friendly compact square of medication.
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As more arrests are expected, the unofficial moniker of Lake County’s newest narcotics operation, which has already produced 18 arrests, will likely endure. Not every suspect has been taken into custody yet. The eight of them are still being sought after by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The largest fentanyl seizure in Lake County history, according to deputies, involved the discovery of a nearly $300,000 narcotics trafficking organisation and the booking of 27 persons on drug-related offences.
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.