Attorney General William Barr has made restoring respect for the rule of law a top priority of his tenure as head of the Justice Department — especially when it comes to the illegal drug trade.
One example of this came in July, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that a task force of federal, state, and local authorities had arrested five individuals on federal drug charges as part of a broader effort to disrupt a major drug distribution ring on the south side of the Miami metro area.
South Florida drug ring taken down
The Miami Herald reported that the arrests targeted members of an organization known as King Enterprise, which is believed to have been the supplier of the vast majority of cocaine and other drugs recently sold in the southwest Miami-Dade region.
The five individuals arrested on federal charges were suspected of operating a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics. Another 14 individuals connected with the drug ring were also arrested and charged with a variety of state charges related to their alleged criminal activity.
The leader of the drug ring, 45-year-old Tedrick “Ted” King, who was one of the five arrested on federal charges, had quite the long rap sheet of prior arrests and convictions, many of which were on drug charges. He reportedly also served a number of years in and out of prison.
Of the other four arrested, two of them had prior convictions and served time for serious crimes, while one had only tickets on their record. Another had no known criminal record at all.
“Largest current source of cocaine”
In a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it was revealed that “law enforcement officers [had] conducted approximately 30 controlled narcotics purchases from the King Enterprise, including cocaine, marijuana, and Molly.”
According to the release, law enforcement used “physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, and debriefs with witnesses” to determine that “King Enterprise is the largest current source of cocaine distribution in the neighborhood of Perrine, located in the Southern District of Florida.”
“The investigation has revealed that the King Enterprise utilizes multiple locations to distribute narcotics, store narcotics, and conceal the proceeds of the narcotics sales,” the release noted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office added that the investigation remains ongoing and that further arrests and prosecutions are still possible. If convicted on the conspiracy to distribute charge, the individuals arrested in this matter could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
President Donald Trump has made it clear that his administration has no tolerance for the trafficking and distribution of illicit drugs, and Attorney General Barr has likewise acted to impose a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to narcotics.
This is just another way the Trump administration is making America safe again.