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HCSO in cooperation with ATF and US Attorney's Office end an 11 month investigation.
Agencies Involved in Operation "Pandora's Box":
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Major J.R. Burton
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Special Agent Scott McCampbell
United States Attorney
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and The United States Attorney’s Office ended an 11 month investigation that began when detectives were targeting two career criminals which resulted in identifying dozens of other individuals involved in criminal enterprise.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies along with agents from Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms began serving arrest warrants for 54 suspects on September 7, 2011, in connection with dealing in illegal narcotics, selling of weapons, prostitution, trespassing and suspicious persons.
Deputies also learned that some of the individuals were operating out of an apartment complex in the area which was utilized as a "drive-thru" for narcotic purchases including crack & powder cocaine, marijuana, pills and meth. The drive-through was located at the Pines I Apartments at 11720 N 14th Street.
Deputies took 29 guns off the street, including seven assault rifles. Also seized: about 1.3 pounds of crack cocaine, 0.64 ounces of powder cocaine, 0.25 ounces of oxycodone and some ecstasy valued at about $75,000 total according to Major Burton.