Santa’s Naughty Lil Sellers Nets $5.7 Million in Drugs, Enough Narcotics to Kill 2.3 Million People

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office just finished up an 11-month drug investigation called “Operation Santa’s Naughty Lil Sellers,” which ended in the seizure of 13 firearms, $41,989 in cash, and narcotics with a street value of $5.7 Million dollars.

Over 123 kilograms of various illegal drugs were seized during Operation Santa’s Naughty Lil Sellers, including cocaine, heroin/fentanyl, morphine, synthetic cathinones (MDMA), morphine, suboxone, steroids, psilocybin (mushrooms), Dilaudid, methamphetamines and marijuana. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, heroin and fentanyl alone were capable of killing 2.3 Million people.

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Arrest warrants were issued for 35 suspects, with a total of 71 charges being filed. The Sheriff’s Office has served more than 24 arrest warrants and will continue to do so until all 35 are behind bars. Many of the suspects will be facing additional charges as they were in possession of illegal narcotics at the time of their arrest.

“We will never know how many overdoses or deaths we prevented with this undercover operation,” Sheriff Rick Staly said during Thursday’s press conference.

The Sheriff stated that most of the suspects were Flagler County residents. Some of the more notable suspects are:

  • Mitchell Sims III, charged with selling fentanyl and cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Tyshawn Laster, charged with trafficking in fentanyl along with his father Russell Laster and his brother Russell Laster Jr
  • Camarie Shavers and his brother Alfred Shavers Jr., charged with selling cocaine
  • Teratheo Brown, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine
  • Ruben Boatwright, charged with selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Jovawn McClendon, charged with selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a specified area.
  • Ashley Ruffin, charged with selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a specified area

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly had a message for all drug dealers in the area.

“I especially want to thank our community that when they saw something suspicious in their neighborhood, they said something,” said Staly. “This should be a warning to drug dealers that, if you are not listed on these boards in this operation, I suggest you get out of Flagler County because you are next, and if you sell a fatal poison, we will investigate you and we will lock you up for murder.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the community to continue to utilize its community outreach line in response to the community reporting local crime.


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