Deputies disrupt major cocaine supply line in Collier

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 07:36:17-04

13 people were arrested in various cocaine charges, following a 9 month investigation in Collier County.

Investigators say the suspects conspired to traffic 11 1/2 kilograms of cocaine worth $370,000.

The investigation was dubbed "Operation Immokalee," because the suspects received the cocaine from a supply line that originated in Mexico. It was then distributed on the streets of Southwest Florida.

"It will severely impact the ability to move forward and do street deals, that's really important," said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

The sheriff says he expects the price of cocaine to increase significantly because of this bust. Investigators found some of the drugs inside a cooler during a traffic stop.

Bond for the suspects ranges from $250,000 to $3.2 million. Rambosk says more arrests are possible in this case.