(Orlando Sentinel) A drug ring that employed a vast network — including a voodoo priest — supplying methamphetamine across Central Florida and the U.S. was shutdown this week, the Polk County Sheriff's office announced Wednesday.
The 13 suspects arrested Tuesday were among 25 couriers, distributors and street dealers identified in Operation Hoodoo Voodoo, the investigation of an alleged multimillion-dollar meth pipeline from Mexico.
Javier Flores, known as "El Don (The Boss)," supervised the shipments from his home in southern California and remains at large, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
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On Tuesday, 44 pounds of the powerful amphetamine were seized at Love's Truck Stop in Polk City, where one of the ring leaders, Luis Villafuerte-Rojas, was arrested when the shipment arrived by truck from California.
The uncut powder was worth about $2 million, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.