Ten arrested in connection to Bay County Sheriff's Office drug bust

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff's officials have wrapped up a several-month long investigation that began in early 2019.

Once the Sheriff's Office realized "Angel" was suspected of being the main supplier of meth, they began surveillance on him and his buyers. (BCSO)

"Operation Fallen Angel began as Emily Persilver is interdicted traveling from Atlanta and arrested. Over a pound of methamphetamine is seized at that time and information is developed that there's a Hispanic male known as 'Angel' supplying a significant quantity of methamphetamine to various dealers or distributors here," said Sheriff Tommy Ford.

Once the Sheriff's office realized "Angel" was suspected of being the main supplier of meth, they began surveillance on him and his buyers.

"In January, we were finally able to identify 'Angel' as Ulises 'Angel' Perez. He lives in Atlanta, has ties to Bay County, and we've learned that he is from Mexico and he has been deported four times from the United States," said Ford.

Over time, investigators arrested 10 people in connection to the operation, with Angel finally being arrested on January 28. As of February, deputies have seized 18 pounds of meth, $75,000 in cash, and 13 firearms.

But that wasn't all.

"We have information that Angel was suspected to be involved in a shooting here in Bay County. That's still under investigation. So again, this is a violent drug gang that is supplying Bay County with pounds of methamphetamine," said Ford.

Ford wouldn't say which shooting they believe Angel to be a part of.

Drug trafficking charges of more than 500 grams includes a mandatory 25 year minimum sentence in state prison, which all 10 suspects are facing.

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