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”.