It was pay day Thursday for the Jackson County's Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Both agencies received checks for more than $366,000 for their efforts in bringing several Miami drug dealers to justice.
The two agencies were directly responsible for gathering evidence against Miguel Vega and his two sons, now all serving time in jail.
Ranches in Gadsden and Jackson County under the name "Nelaz" Ranch. They bought the ranches to help launder drug money for a Miami cocaine ring run by Miguel Magulta and his 29-year-old son, Christian.
"We had federal agencies, local agencies, state agencies all come together, brought the case to our office. We prosecuted them and helped dismantle a pretty big drug organization. This is a good end to it," says Tom Kirwin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The money came from the Vegas ran three auction of the ranches, its livestock and equipment.