Over the past three months Franklin County undercover sheriff's deputies have been on the streets identifying areas where illegal drugs are sold and making drugs buys. Tuesday those three months began paying off.
The only way to win the war on drugs is to keep fighting. At least those are Franklin County Sheriff Mike Mock's feelings.
"When you work drugs it has to be a consistent fight. It's not a one time deal where you go out and make an arrest and then you go back off," he says.
After three months of undercover work, Mock and his deputies swung into actions Tuesday, initiating the second part of Operation Zero Tolerance.
Authorities say they hit the streets with Operation Zero Tolerance around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. With 22 warrants to serve, they brought in 14 suspects in just over an hour.
"We had about 35 officers come in this morning about 6:30 and we split up into three groups and went to Apalachicola, Carrabelle and East Point."
Franklin County's K-9 unit played an instrumental role in this investigation leading up to Tuesday's arrests.
Carlos Hill, Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy, says, “Normally, when we get a vehicle or a house or a person that's suspected of having narcotics on them, he basically goes into search mode and I’ll give him the command, and he'll seek out the drugs. He'll smell it and seek out the odor of that narcotic.”
Eleven suspects are facing narcotics sales charges, everything from crack cocaine and marijuana to prescription pills.
Mock says he wants to send a clear message to the community about the war on drugs.
"If they're using or dealing, we're going to have to do our best to arrest them."
You could find a temporary home in a Franklin County jail cell.
Franklin County’s crime dog “Rico” is capable of detecting narcotics 30 to 45 days after they've been moved from a particular area.