Bay County Sheriff’s Office works to get more drugs off the streets

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:37 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Illegal drugs are a problem around the country, and Bay County is no exception.

“This is the stuff that’s killing people every single day here,” Lieutenant Kevin Francis, supervisor of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, said.

Officials said there have been 150 drug overdoses in Bay County this year.

Fifteen of those were fatal, which they say is up from last year.

“What this does to our community and our families is a huge burden,” Francis said.

The BCSO Special Investigations division works every day to make sure people who are selling drugs are put behind bars, according to Francis.

“Every day we’re gathering information or gathering intelligence about this because this is a scourge on our society right now,” Francis said.

June 3, BCSO seized six and a half pounds of crystal meth, a pound and a half of a heroin fentanyl mix, counterfeit oxycodone, a firearm, and $28,000 in cash.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said several years ago, drug busts of this size would have been unheard of in Bay County.

“We’ve done, over the course of this year alone, we’ve done multiple multi-pound seizures, including a 12-pound seizure just a couple of months ago, so this is a critical situation that’s destroying lives in our community, destroying families, and we’re working hard to get these off the streets,” Ford said.

Ford said the most recent drug bust should serve as a cautionary tale that the Sheriff’s Office is working hard to get drugs off the streets.

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