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Major drug trafficking investigation in Jackson County led to 20 arrests, leader still at large

Florida – Early in 2023, a major operation began to dismantle a drug trafficking organization that has been operating out of Jackson County. This operation, led by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division along with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Panama City Residence Office, has targeted a group known as the Bell DTO. The organization is alleged to be led by Michael Termaine Bell, Sr., who is still at large.

Uncovering the Bell DTO’s Network

The investigation showed that the Bell DTO distributed vast quantities of dangerous substances, including crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, ALPHA-PIHP (“molly”), and fentanyl, throughout the region. These drugs were not only distributed in large, wholesale quantities but were then sold to local retail distributors, who supplied them to many individuals, including those struggling with drug addiction in Jackson County and the surrounding areas.

Investigators were able to detail the command-and-control structure of the Bell DTO, shedding light on the extensive network and its operations that have been ongoing for several years. During the course of the investigation, authorities identified numerous members of this organization, many of whom have a history of arrests related to drug offenses, weapons possession, and violent crimes.

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Arrests and Seizures Impact DTO Operations

To date, significant progress has been made in this case. As of April 18, 2024, 20 members of the Bell DTO have been arrested. Out of these, 17 face state charges, while three are facing federal indictments. The authorities have also seized substantial amounts of drugs, including more than 3.7 kilograms of marijuana, over 430 grams of ALPHA-PIHP, 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, 1,290 grams of methamphetamine, and 104 grams of fentanyl. Several firearms have also been confiscated during the arrests.

The investigation continues, and law enforcement is determined to make further arrests in an effort to completely dismantle this drug trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Michael Termaine Bell, Sr., remains at large, and authorities are urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward and contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 482-9648 or Chipola CrimeStoppers at (850) 526-5000.

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