LCSO: $1 million-plus seized in drug bust

Lee Herald Favicon 16Over $1 million in cash, along with a host of guns flanked Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno as part of the haul from a drug bust by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted overnight Wednesday, during a Thursday press conference.

Landrus Powell, 53, was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail Thursday morning after a search warrant discovered a trove of cash and weapons, along with heroin, cocaine, morphine, and oxycodone. Powell faces 10 drug-related charges.

“This drug money right here, and these guns is exactly why we will never stop working hard to make sure you are safe,” Marceno said.


Marceno said the investigation began over the weekend after a mother of two died of a heroin overdose, and a search of Powell’s residence was completed overnight after undercover detectives purchased heroin and crack cocaine from Powell. Deputies also seized two vehicles which they say were used in the commission of drug trafficking.

“Heroin overdoses have sadly become commonplace in our nation. Both Sheriff Scott and I pledge to relentlessly identify and arrest these murderous drug dealers,” Marceno said. “While this arrest concludes the narcotics surveillance of Landrus Powell it in no way ends the Lee County Sheriff’s Office commitment to rid these streets of dangerous drugs. I can tell you this with absolute certainty, we will not allow the poison on our streets.”

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