Brevard County : over 50 arrested, cops seize Fentanyl enough ‘to kill everyone in the County’
May 2, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Dozens of people were arrested, and more are being sought as part of an investigation into crystal meth and fentanyl trafficking operations taking place along the Space Coast, the Brevard County.
Most of the suspects in the case were charged with racketeering, drug trafficking or both in a case that spans the entire county and multiple local cities. In total, agents seized over $100,000 in cash, $81,000 worth of methamphetamine, $100,000 worth of fentanyl, 75 firearms in addition to heroin and pills.
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the bust is the largest drug operation to be dismantled in Brevard and involved investigations on the local, state and federal levels.
The investigation lasted 6-months and resulted in around 60 arrests. The investigators have also seized, what they call, “enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Brevard County.” Brevard has a population of 580,000 people, and the Drug Enforcement Agency estimates a 2 mg dose is lethal to most.
Over 40 additional suspects are being sought with arrest warrants. The arrests were an ongoing response to the impact of the opioid crisis gripping Florida and the rest of the nation. Heroin, fentanyl and prescription pills have impacted lives across Brevard County, from overdose deaths to street crime, prosecutors and law enforcement officials said.
Governor DeSantis pointed out 172 overdose deaths have been reported in Brevard County in the past two years. The operation aims to target the corporations who caused this crisis, not just going after street-level dealers.
The agency displayed thousands of dollars in cash and drugs — including a kilo of fentanyl, the opioid nearly 50 times more powerful than morphine or heroin. Photos of suspects and other drug seizures were plastered on a nearby wall.
Ivey would not disclose any specific investigative techniques or how the Sheriff’s Office agents were able to penetrate the organization. Court documents show the use of multiple methods, including warrants for cell phone taps.
How the group was organized and the exact hierarchy was not disclosed by agents Wednesday.
The opioid crisis is ruining more and more lives, more than 130 people on a national level are lost every day due to this menace. The misuse of an addiction to opioids including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is a major problem which affects public health as well as the exchequer.
The obvious challenge in this whole national exercise is the inability to cooperate closely in order to be two steps ahead of the traffickers. Another challenge is to be able to process huge number of arrested traffickers in a cost-efficient, time-efficient and human-resource-efficient manner.
The intelligence gathering should be robust so as to discover related crimes such as human trafficking, and terrorism which is often part of this chain and most commonly linked through a money trail. A fool-proof mechanism is needed which can provide results-quickly, find out linkages between suspects, detect knowledge of specific crimes in a reliable and non-invasive manner.
America has been battling drugs, but the trouble seems to be mounting because of an increase in heroin and opioid circulation in the country.
There is desperate need to obtain reliable intelligence such as accurate background information, involvement in recent criminal activity, the hierarchy of the organization, methods of coordination and communication, how they managed to obtain such large quantity of contraband, the supply chain, and the money trail.
The other concern is that conventional systems such as DNA, fingerprints, and interviews used during an investigation are not universally applicable and often cumbersome.
Can modern science solve this puzzle and provide us with the technology to increase the efficiency and accuracy of investigation without compromising on cost, or effectiveness?
The interrogators and investigators require actionable and timely intelligence from the arrested suspects or witnesses. However, deception begins in the human mind and the truth is difficult to extract through simple interrogation. Indirect methods like torture and mind-games are employed to fish out information. By using iCognative, a technology developed by Brainwave Science, all this overhead can be avoided while investigating a case. It is the most advanced technology with amazing accuracy to provide unprecedented levels of accuracy and reliability in intelligence gathering. It does so by tapping into the brain – a place where crime-related information is stored.
iCognative can be the weapon against rising crime and drug abuse. It is the savior of human rights because someone tested by this technology does not go through any torture or coercion. Law enforcement agencies must deploy iCognative technology to serve as a modern and valuable intelligence gathering tool to provide accurate critical intelligence, missing links, whereabouts of other criminals, route of drug smuggling and other vital information necessary for federal agents to investigate. This technology is precise in its results. Moreover, there are no false positives and false negatives. The cutting-edge iCognative test is completed in around 45 minutes and it provides virtually infallible intelligence which no other conventional investigation method such as interrogation, polygraph or fingerprinting can provide. iCognative system records and analyzes the brainwave responses using a proprietary headset to record the brain responses of a suspect when confidential information (stimuli) are flashed on a digital screen. The test can determine with over 99% accuracy if the information under question is present in the suspect’s brain or not.
In the iCognative test of each of the arrested trafficking suspects, the stimuli can be trafficking-related details like the entry and exit ports of the drug shipments in surrounding areas of Brevard County, places where these drugs are known to be processed like labs, known peddlers further down the supply chain, busted drug labs, known details of traffickers higher up or lower down the supply chain, CCTV, email and phone records of the arrested suspects, etc.
These features prove that iCognative is a technology which is fit to be used by law enforcement agencies around the globe in cases such as this one which involves a bust of a dozen drug traffickers. If the authorities add this technology to their arsenal, then it can greatly help them to reduce costs and time requirements for such cases.
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