9 indicted in drug trafficking investigation across Central Florida, Arizona, California

Suspects accused of transporting methamphetamine, cocaine across multiple states

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Nine people were indicted for trafficking drugs across Central Florida, Arizona and California, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday during a news conference.

“This is the largest drug trafficking investigation in the history of the sheriff’s office,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.

The multistate investigation, called “Operation Ice Man,” found that these nine individuals were part of a drug trafficking organization transporting methamphetamine and cocaine through these areas.

Luis Miguel Hernandez, 36, of Phoenix, Arizona; Saul Sandoval, 39, of Phoenix, Arizona; Tyrone James Jones, 55, of Palm Coast, Florida; Zara Adriana Mascarella, 20, of Palm Coast, Florida; Jimmie Lee Bizzell, 53, of Green Cove Springs, Florida; Alfred Lamar Shavers, 48, of Bunnell, Florida; Camarie Dontre Shavers, 23, of Bunnell, Florida; and Alfred Lamar Shavers, Jr., 26, of Bunnell, Florida, face various charges for drug trafficking conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

An additional suspect’s name was not released as their arrest is pending, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Several suspects used commercial trucks to ship the drugs from Mexico across the U.S. to Central Florida, law enforcement said during a briefing on Monday. Search warrants were then executed in Palm Coast, Bunnell and Daytona Beach, resulting in the seizure of 44.54 kilograms of meth, 2.72 kilograms of cocaine, nine guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

“Investigators estimate that this drug trafficking organization has shipped over 300 kilograms of drugs into Flagler County and Volusia County since 2021,” Roger Handberg, U.S. District Attorney, said.

Deputies said Jones, Mascarella, Alfred Shavers, Alfred Shavers, Jr., and Camarie Shavers, were all identified as drug distributors in Central Florida and Sandoval and Hernandez were the sources for the meth and cocaine in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Agents said they also located 1,114 grams of fentanyl pills, 18 firearms, 4 firearm suppressors, and more than $5,000 in cash at Sandoval’s home.

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