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Operation Knockdown - 12 Arrests, Drugs Seized in Joint IRCSO, DEA and PSLPD Investigation Last Year


Indian River County - Tuesday February 2, 2024: Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers has announced the results of an investigation that wrapped up at the end of last year following the success of Operation Ghostbuster in the first half of 2023.

Detectives with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office (IRCSO) Special Investigations Unit, along with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with the help of the Port St. Lucie Police Department (PSLPD) targeted mid to high level drug traffickers in Indian River County in a second operation dubbed, “Operation Knockdown”.

Operation Knockdown, conducted in the second half of 2023, resulted in the arrest of twelve individuals for selling large amounts of the deadly drug Fentanyl, pressed Fentanyl pills made to look like prescription pain killers, along with Methamphetamine to undercover detectives. In all, 5.4 pounds of Methamphetamine, 1 pound of Fentanyl, both powder and pressed pills, along with one ounce of Cocaine were seized during the operation.

None of the subjects arrested in Operation Knockdown were strangers to law enforcement, with many of them having long criminal histories in and around Indian River County. At least two of the subjects arrested in Operation Knockdown were also suspects in active cases related to drug overdose deaths in Indian River County.

One of the subjects arrested in Operation Knockdown, Marlon Clarke, was previously arrested for Racketeering during Operation Weeping Willow in 2022. Clarke, who was released on bail for the charge of Racketeering (Oct. 2022), was identified as a source of pressed Fentanyl pills during Operation Knockdown.


Operation Ghostbuster

Operation Ghostbuster, conducted in the first half of 2023, resulted in the arrests of fifteen individuals for trafficking Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine throughout Indian River County. Operation Ghostbuster resulted in the seizure of 13.7 pounds of Cocaine, 9.2 pounds of Methamphetamine, 2.9 pounds of Fentanyl, along with $26,332 in U.S. Currency.