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NETFORCE: More arrests made

By Staff | Sep 11, 2020

The Narcotics Enforcement Task Force seized more than $313,000 in cash and made three more arrests over the weekend.

NETFORCE, led by the State Attorney’s Office 20th Judicial Circuit, continues to work on the initial operation announced Sept. 3, officials said Friday.

Juan Rolle was arrested Sunday evening on a Collier County warrant,the State Attorney’s Office said in a release. Allan Gary and Kennan Frederick were both arrested over the holiday weekend on their Lee County warrants as well.

“The confiscated money was found in a storage unit in Lee County belonging to defendant George Samuel Broughton,” the release states, adding Broughton was arrested on Sept. 2. Total cash confiscated was $313,720.

“These recent arrests, along with the arrests from last week, now total 43 as part of this investigation. Those arrested are accused of being drug traffickers, or their associates, from throughout South Florida,” the release states. “It also brings the total cash seized to more than $660,000. NETFORCE has also seized illegal drugs valued at more than $649,000.”

In late 2019, State Attorney Amira Fox created NETFORCE to coordinate a circuit-wide approach to identifying, investigating, and dismantling long-term organized crime, narcotics, racketeering, and money-laundering criminal enterprises. NETFORCE covers Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, and Hendry Counties.

“This operation is the result of the hard work of the following law enforcement agencies who make up NETFORCE: the State Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Fort Myers Police Department, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Glades County Sheriff’s Office, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Port Authority Police Department, DEA, U.S. Marshals, FDLE, Louisiana State Police, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Plantation Police Department, Wilton Manor Police Department, South Florida Financial Crimes Strike Force, South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and Customs and Border Protection,” officials said.

Source: State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit.