VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities with the Daytona Beach Police Department have arrested 32 people and 35 other people are facing charges from an investigation called “Operation Pay Dirt.”
Police said the operation was designed to target drug trafficking, drug sales, stolen guns and other violent crimes.
Officers said the operation started last summer and the investigation ramped up after an uptick in violent crime including four homicides in November.
Investigators said several of the people facing charges have extensive criminal histories.
Authorities said officers went undercover during the operation to buy illegal drugs and guns.
“This operation was imperative to getting the violent suspects off our streets as a matter of public safety. We are taking a zero-tolerance approach toward violent crime,” Police Chief Jakari Young said.
The following drugs and guns were seized during the operation:
- 192 grams of fentanyl
- 135 grams of heroin
- 309 grams of methamphetamine
- 146 gams of cocaine
- 86 grams of marijuana
- 37 guns