Daytona Beach arrest 32 people in ‘Operation Pay Dirt’, 35 others facing charges
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.”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. [TRENDING: Navy to continue bombing in Florida | SpaceX readies for 2nd launch this week | Luxurious Florida home used as brothel]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. The following drugs and guns were seized during the operation:
Body of Florida man caught in rip current off Daytona Beach recovered
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The body of a 27-year-old Ocala man who disappeared when he was caught in a rip current Saturday afternoon off Daytona Beach has been recovered, officials said. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said Elijah Rashad Thomas disappeared in the surf near 1024 N. Atlantic Ave. by the Hampton Inn. His body was found Sunday night, about 9 miles north of where he vanished, according to Tammy Malphurs, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. Malphurs said Thomas was swimming with his family in an unguarded area off Daytona Beach when they got caught in a rip current. Then-Hurricane Epsilon, although far from Florida, created high surf and strong rip currents along the Florida coast.