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VOLUSIA HEROIN RING DISMANTLED IN ‘OPERATION GERONIMO’
A 7-month joint investigation into heroin trafficking in Volusia County culminated in a series of arrests and drug seizures Tuesday, leaving the ringleaders and the supplier behind bars as drug task force agents dismantled an organization whose heroin is suspected in several overdose deaths.
The ringleaders and several members of the organization, which operated primarily in the Deltona and Orange City areas, were locked up Tuesday morning, facing charges ranging from conspiracy to traffic heroin to solicitation to deliver a controlled substance.
The ringleaders, 42-year-old Sergio Perez and 27-year-old Melanie Cunningham, both of Deltona, had each been arrested recently – together, after a late-night traffic stop last week (Tuesday, Sept. 25) in Orange City. The traffic stop revealed Cunningham was in possession of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, Suboxone, cannabis and cannabis oil. Perez was also charged with possession of cannabis oil and booked into jail, where he remained held without bond Tuesday on several probation violations related to burglary and grand theft, and where he received his new charges Tuesday.
Cunningham had bailed out of jail since that arrest, but was back in there again Tuesday on her new charges.
Detectives also identified the organization’s source of supply: 44-year-old Roberto Segarra-Garcia of St. Cloud, who was already in custody Tuesday.
Agents with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation, Deltona Narcotics Enforcement Team and VCSO Major Case Unit conducted the extensive undercover investigation.
The following defendants were in custody as of Tuesday. Additional arrests are pending.
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