Cop Issues Warning To Heroin Dealers: 'We Are Coming For You'

Cop Issues Warning To Heroin Dealers: 'We Are Coming For You'

By Kelly Burch 04/11/17

Critics of the now-viral warning feel that it showcases an over-militarized law enforcement response to the heroin epidemic.

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Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell and four masked officers.
Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell and four masked officers. Photo via YouTube

A Florida Sheriff has issued a harsh warning to heroin dealers, telling them, “We are coming for you. Run.”

In the video that was posted Friday and has since gone viral, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell is flanked by four officers wearing ski masks and bullet-proof vests. He stares directly into the camera before delivering his warning. 

“To the dealers that are pushing this poison, I have a message for you: We're coming for you,” Grinnell says. “As a matter of fact, our undercover agents have already bought heroin from many of you. We are simply awaiting the arrest warrants to be finalized.”

Grinnell continues to emphasize that officers are an ever-present threat to anyone selling heroin in his county. "So to the dealers I say, enjoy looking over your shoulder constantly wondering if today is the day we come for you. Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight's the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges. We are coming for you.”

Grinnell says that anyone connected to a heroin overdose will be facing very serious charges. “We will charge you with murder,” he says. 

The video ends with a stark warning: “We are coming for you. Run.”

At the beginning of the video, Grinnell explains that he has received many calls from residents who are concerned about the toll heroin is taking in the county and across the state. He urges anyone with information to contact police, and promises anonymity.   

"I am asking all residents to please call and let us know if you know of a location that this poison is being pushed out onto our streets," he says.

The video has garnered praise, but also criticism from people who feel that it showcases an over-militarized law enforcement response to the heroin epidemic. The video, posted on the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, has been viewed more than 700,000 times, and received more than 1,500 comments. 

Heroin overdose rates have skyrocketed in Florida, rising nearly 23% between 2014 and 2015. The increase is driven in part by potent fentanyl-laced heroin. Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi will be serving on President Trump’s opioid task force, to help try to find the solution to an addiction epidemic that is claiming lives at a rate of 5,000 per year in her state. 

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