- Lake County detectives say they have 10 more people to arrest in connection with a major drug bust.
This was the second large bust in the last 10 days by the sheriff's office. It comes at a time when the sheriff is being pressured to cut a portion of his $60 million budget.
Operation 'pink slip' put 34 sellers and suppliers out of business. Sheriff's deputies, along with Clermont and Leesburg police, teamed up to make the arrests. They seized several guns including assault rifles, marijuana, cocaine, various prescription drugs and more than $10,000 in cash along with a few pricey vehicles.
This comes on the heels of the arrests of 32 suspects in a sex sting.
It all comes as the Lake County commission is pressuring Sheriff Gary Borders to cut his budget by another $2 or $3 million. But some said the raids are evidence that any cuts are a bad idea.
"We are continuing to look at cuts in our budget. But as far as employees are concerned, I feel like if anything we need more. Not less," said Borders.
The sheriff said these arrests wrap up a year long drug dealer investigation.
"We are coming after you. It's our goal to put you in jail and to close your business," said Borders.
As for the 10 suspects still on the loose, detectives are actively looking for them.