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Home raided in heroin bust used as day care

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Updated: 11/21/2013 9:21 am
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Arrest warrants have been issued against 16 people accused of racketeering and heroin trafficking, said the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation Wednesday night.

Four other people had already been arrested during the course of an almost seven-month-long investigation.

Three search warrants were served at three Orange County addresses Wednesday.

The Orlando homes raided are on Calypso Drive, Precourt Drive and Mathers Avenue.

Frank Feilder said he couldn't believe his neighbor's home on Precourt Drive was one of the three homes raided Wednesday night as part of an alleged heroin ring.

"There's an elderly woman that lives there who apparently watches a lot of people's kids," said Feilder. "I came to the door and I opened it and it was like, 'Oh, my God.'"

Authorities said there was an infant inside the home while agents searched an SUV in the driveway.

"We believe they were running a day care out of that house," said MBI agent Lt. Samuel Riggi Jr.

At another home nearby, three people were detained as agents searched the house.

"The crackdown of prescription drugs, we have seen an increase in heroin; this organization we believe was moving about a kilo a week," said Riggi Jr.

The MBI arrested Kery Rodriguez on charges of selling and delivering heroin, and on human sex trafficking charges in May 2013.

Joshua Rodriguez and Raymond Ramos were the leaders of the organization and the center of the investigation, MBI officials said.

Rodriguez lived in the Calypso Drive home, right across the street from Walker Middle School.

MBI said it started to target the heroin trafficking organization that was the source of Rodriguez' heroin.

An investigation showed the heroin was being smuggled from Brooklyn, N.Y. into central Florida several times a month, according to a release.

The organization members would take flights to New York with cash, pay for the heroin and then smuggle the heroin back with them on return flights.

The heroin was packaged for sale and stored at several south Orange County homes, officials said.

Organization members took heroin orders on cellphones and met customers in parking lots to deliver bags of heroin, according to a release.

Different members of the organization worked different shifts, passing the cellphones and cars used to make deliveries to the oncoming shift.

Other high-ranking members include David Lopez, William Marrero, Miguel Rodriquez, and Efrain Santiago, according to a release.

MBI officials said more arrests and seizures are anticipated, as the investigation continues.

MBI requests that anyone with additional information related to this drug trafficking organization contact MBI at 407-836-9701, or Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.

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