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Southwest Florida narcotics task force makes more arrests, drug money seizures

Devan Patel
Fort Myers News-Press

A local narcotics task force made three more arrests tied to drug trafficking over the Labor Day weekend, bringing its total to 43 arrests since the beginning of the month.

The Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, known as NETFORCE, announced that Collier and Lee county agencies arrested Juan Rolle, Allen Gary and Kennan Frederick and seized $313,720, bringing its haul to more than $660,000, according to a news release.

Juan Rolle

Authorities found the seized funds in a storage unit belonging to George Broughton, who was arrested last week as part of a major bust made by the task force.

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The 43 arrests are tied to the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

The task force, which was created by State Attorney Amira Fox late last year, covers Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties. 

Fox brought in law enforcement partners to coordinate a circuit-wide approach to investigate and bring down criminal, narcotics, racketeering and money-laundering enterprises in the area.

Allen Gary

In addition to the more than $660,000 in cash seizures this month, law enforcement agencies have also confiscated more than $650,000 in illegal drugs.

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Court records show Rolle was charged with two counts of trafficking more than 400 grams of cocaine. Gary was charged with one count of trafficking of cocaine more than 400 grams of cocaine.  

An affidavit filed Wednesday showed that authorities had wiretapped Ronnie Tape, who was arrested last week, and found that he, Gary and James Williams III had arranged to bring cocaine in from Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bond has been set at $2 million for Rolle and $1 million for Gary. 

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