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Jacksonville Man Charged With Trafficking Marijuana


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A major marijuana distribution operation was disrupted Tuesday afternoon when Flagler County deputies raided a Palm Coast, Fla., home and confiscated 60 pounds of marijuana.

"The interruption of this operation represents a major blow to marijuana distribution in the Orlando and Jacksonville areas," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.

Narcotics agents have spent the last three months monitoring the home at 42 Burroughs Drive; officers have already netted 25 pounds of marijuana from the same home. The investigation culminated Tuesday when detectives stopped Charles Owens, 26, of Jacksonville, after he left the Palm Coast home. Owens' vehicle was stopped at U.S. Highway 1 and Matanzas Woods Parkway, where detectives found 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $65,000.

"This home was distributing an estimated $500,000 worth of marijuana a month," Cpl. Steve Brandt said. "That is an estimated 500 pounds a month. This is a major trafficking organization that has been disrupted and it represents some very good work by our narcotics agents and state and federal agents who have assisted us."

Detectives said the house was receiving large marijuana shipments through parcel post services. The shipments originated outside the U.S., according to the detectives.

Owens is charged with trafficking in cannabis. More arrests are pending.

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