The American drug trade has reached unprecedented heights over the past decade. Some states — like Florida — have an especially high illegal drug addiction rate and it would be easy to see how local police departments can feel overwhelmed with what they see on the street every day.
But one department decided to kick the rhetoric up a notch or two. The message was so powerful, it was an instant viral sensation.
Fox News reports:
A Florida sheriff’s stern message to drug dealers is going viral after the release of a video featuring undercover officers wearing ski masks.
“To the dealers that are pushing this poison, I have a message for you: we’re coming for you,” said Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.
Grinnell said his office is receiving more and more calls about heroin-related overdoses, urging residents to call in tips about suspected drug dealers.
Speaking to the dealers in the county, he said undercover officers have already bought drugs from some of them and arrest warrants were being finalized.
The video has generated some backlash on social media, with critics comparing it to ISIS and arguing that it points to police departments becoming too militarized.
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