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Largest heroin bust in Hernando County has a unique twist

by | Feb 16, 2017 | Drug Trafficking |

On January 27, a total of 5,000 individual packets containing heroin were seized by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department. A related package of 550 packets was intercepted in May 2016 through the U.S. Postal Service.  With a combined weight of 3.3 lbs, this has been called the largest bust in Hernando County history.

That wasn’t the only thing unique about this particular drug bust. It is that many of these individually-wrapped doses of heroin had the name “Donald Trump” printed on them – along with an image of the president.

If using the likeness of President Trump was a joke, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was not amused. “All I want to say to this drug dealer is, ‘Big mistake by putting the president’s picture on this,’ ” Bondi said in a Tampa Bay Times article. “Big mistake. Because he is going to be our most fierce advocate in taking this junk off of our streets.”

The alleged dealer is Kelvin Scott Johnson, who was arrested on charges of trafficking, possession and sale of heroin, as well as other related offenses. If convicted, Johnson could face 15 to 25 years in prison. Detectives believe that these two packages are not the only ones that Johnson sent to Hernando County.

In addition to the likeness and name of Donald Trump, other packets bore the names of El Chapo, the infamous Mexican drug lord, and Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Authorities have not yet been able to determine why there are three distinct packet names.