Major Drug Bust In Jacksonville

Big moves on the part of the Jacksonville Police Department with regards to the drug trade.

Operation Vu Ja De saw the filing of 394 felony charges against 45 known drug dealers.

The operation has resulted in the seizure of estimated thirty-thousand dollars worth of drugs.

Operation Vu Ja De is an undercover operation by the Jacksonville Police Department which they say has been in the works since November 2008.

Here is the news release from the Jacksonville Police Department:

On 04/11/09 at 6:00 AM Operation Vu Ja De began.

The Jacksonville Police Department’s Special Operations Division and Special Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have been participating in an undercover campaign targeting drug dealers that are deeply rooted in our community.

As a result of numerous undercover purchases and extensive investigations, several narcotics related warrants were issued on drug dealers residing in Jacksonville, Camp Lejeune and Onslow County. These drug dealers have been spreading narcotics throughout our community as well as to the military community.

Taking a proactive approach and working with our federal counterparts to reduce the number of street and mid-level drug dealers was the primary purpose of this operation.
Law enforcement personnel from both agencies have been working collectively since November 2008 to make this operation successful.

This investigation has resulted in 394 felony charges being filed against 45 known drug dealers. Operation “Vu Ja De” represents the culmination of these efforts

Of the 45 suspects targeted 28 are in custody. Twenty-one were taken into custody this morning and incarcerated in the Onslow County Jail. This operation resulted in the seizure of the following:

· 198 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $19,800
· 808 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of $ 2,450
· 204 pills of MDMA with an estimated street value of $4,100
· 117 dosage units of various prescription medications with an estimated street value of $1,170
· Total street value is estimated at $27,520.

Upon being briefed of the operation’s success Chief Yaniero commented that, “The arrests today have no doubt made a negative impact on the drug trade within our community. This operation represents the commitment of the Jacksonville Police Department and NCIS to the reduction of narcotic activity within our community”.


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  • by Nolan Location: Camp Lejeune on Nov 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    I agree with "wastedpoliceresources". I am originally from the Los Angeles, Ca area. I have never in my life heard of a multi-agency bust wasting so this much manpower, money, and time. Money that is coming out of our pay checks. One of the things that really gets me is the idiots out here that think Marijuana is so horrible, well let I have a question for you....When is the last time somebody crashed and killed a family in their car because they were high on pot? Never! Anyways, Im disgusted to see these amateur cops and B team federal agents are doing such a great job of fighting crime.
  • by WastedPoliceResources on Aug 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Let's see..where to begin. A 6 month long investigation, multiple law enforcement agencies involved, countless police officers involved, countless dollars put into this "operation" for what? $30k worth of drugs? That's what I call a waste of time. How about chasing real criminals like rapists, murderers, and thieves? Oh wait, that involves actual danger in your line of duty, unlike most drug dealers. The best part is: YOUR TAX DOLLARS were used on this ridiculous waste of time "operation". Get a life, pigs.
  • by Drop in Da hat BUST Location: J'actionville on May 21, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    First of all. The Narcs didn't bust these people by themselves. They use various means of scare tactics when they stumble upon someone smoking a joint. If they have kids, they threaten to take them.I agree with that.The part that makes me mad is they receive all the credit for making a bust. It isn't them. If it wasn't for snitches that get caught with a misdemeanor charge of smoking a joint. They'd be lost as a blind man. They just didn't roll up on all these people selling drugs. If it wasn't for the CI's. The narcs would be useless, except to burn gas. On a side note. Ever wonder how many narcs got transferred to other depts. in the ocsd for?? Ponder that!
  • by Robin Location: Richlands on May 8, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Great job. No one understands the risk you all have in doing this work. You take pride in getting this trash off the street, many of you have children and know this is one less person who will potential hurt your child. I am proud of all of you and if you only got one bag I would still be proud of the job you are doing and the courage you have in doing your job. Don't listen to the stupid comments by the ones who complain. Listen to the positive because they are the ones who know your job is not easy and not financailly rewarding either but you do it every day and do it well. This is one proud citizen who works in Jacksonville, has grandchildren who are very important and I know you are there to protect them.
  • by Jasper Location: North Carolina on Apr 17, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    They did these busts all over NC and in Ga too... this is bigger than it appears...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    the cops goin to put it back on the streets so its a waste of time
  • by ok jacksonville Location: greenville on Apr 12, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    45 drug dealers are off the street!Well the bad thing about this undercover operation is that it just opened up 45 positions for up and coming dealers! Can't you see the drug GAME is just that. It is a game that does not end!
  • by Optimistic Location: Bath N.C. on Apr 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    Great job! Other law enforcement agencies should learn from you.
  • by Come on..... on Apr 12, 2009 at 01:25 AM
    OK, let the guys LEGALLY grow and sell (with strict regulations) the marijuana and then they wouldn't have had to use other means to "make a living", just think of all the investigators that can be used to track child predators/rapist/etc. Our gov't gets some cash, people can make a living, and child predators stay in jail instead of being released early so that the 18 yo kid that had a 1/4 # of pot can go back to school!!
  • by r Location: n on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Who is gonna pay for the incarceration?..We the taxpayers..
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