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VCSO’S ‘OPERATION THE SUN HAS SET’ PROMPTS 21 ARRESTS AT ORANGE CITY CAMP
Twenty-one suspects living at a community at 711 Sunset Ave., Orange City, were rounded up early Tuesday as part of “Operation The Sun Has Set.” Most were arrested on narcotics charges after two search warrants were executed by detectives with the West Volusia Narcotics Task Force.
The months-long investigation at the property, known as CJ’s Nursery, began after complaints, tips and anonymous phone calls to the task force detailing ongoing drug activity there. Two search warrants were executed early Tuesday at a two-story residence and a second home on the property, with the assistance of officers from these units: Sheriff’s Office SWAT, East Volusia Narcotics Task Force, VCSO Districts 2 and 6 Criminal Investigations Divisions, Deltona Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Orange City Police Department. The second warrant was secured after further investigation led detectives to the second home and probable cause that people in the residence were also involved in drug activity and harboring fugitives.
Out of 27 people found on the property, 21 were arrested. The homeowner/property owner, Charles Mascaro, (DOB: 01/16/56), lives on the property. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Here are the remaining defendants and their charges:
Tuesday’s search netted seizure of: a .35-caliber rifle; 8 grams of meth; 2.3 grams of heroin; 2 grams cannabis; 8 grams hash; 9.5 Amphetamine; 8 Alprazolam,;1 Oxycodone; 2 Tramadol; 3 uprenorphine; 1 Carisprodol; 1 Morphine; 7 Hydrocodone; 1.7 grams cocaine; and 1.25 grams crack-cocaine located throughout the property.
In addition to narcotics charges being levied, Volusia County Code Enforcement and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers also were on scene and found multiple environmental law violations. They will follow up with additional charges.
Detectives say the people that frequent this property are responsible for a significant amount of property crimes that take place every day in West Volusia. Tuesday’s arrests will likely have a positive impact on the community and reduce the amount of property crimes in the area.
“I’m very proud of the great work our detectives and all the units did in arresting these criminals,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Orange City residents can breathe easier knowing these vagrants are behind bars.”
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