Hillsborough Sheriff: ‘Operation Ice Cubed’ puts drug trafficking hub out of business

Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve made a major dent in a drug trafficking operation that was doing business outside of Plant City. It was a seven month investigation dubbed Operation “Ice Cubed.”

The investigation centered on a home at 1804 South Forbes Road.  

Deputies have responded to that address more than 100 times, and in the past have seized small amounts of illegal substances, but that led to a much larger investigation.

Sheriff Chad Chronister describes it as an intense investigation.  

“This investigation, which took about seven months, involved numerous purchases of methamphetamine totalling about four pounds valued at approximately $90,000,” said Sheriff Chronister.

“And the seizure of about $30,000 in cash.”

The operation also led to the arrests of 17 individuals who now face a laundry list of charges.

The following were arrested:

  • Leovigilda Rojas De Coronado
  • Eddie Rodriguez
  • Edgar Rodriguez Jr.
  • Ricardo Coronado
  • Rodolfo Conde
  • Eloy Conde
  • Jaime Castillo
  • Roy Rodriguez
  • Christian Delgado
  • Luis Espinoza, Jr.
  • Kiara Lacole Reese
  • Joshua Rodriguez
  • David CondeGeorge Mendoza
  • Pedro Vazquez-Segura
  • Carlos Rodriguez
  • Angel Sullivan

Sheriff Chronister believes because of the prior charges these individuals have faced, they will likely be out of business for a while. He points to a previous case prosecuted by the statewide prosecutor’s office. 

“The first case that was prosecuted in the state of Florida from someone who dealt the deadly dose of an opiod, of heroin, was successfully prosecuted here with the statewide prosecutor’s office,” said Sheriff Chronister.  

“I can’t say enough what a great job they do.”

News Channel 8 approached a number of people who live in the area. No one wanted to speak about the bust.  

One woman commented that no one in the area talks about what goes on at “that house.”

Sheriff Chronister believes people on South Forbes Road should be sleeping a bit better at night.

“The dangerous drugs, the chemicals, everything that is associated when it comes to methamphetamines, so their violent nature, the violent behavior. Everything that’s associated with methamphetamine, the dealing, the addiction,” said Sheriff Chronister.

“We definitely can rest a little easier today because of this operation.”

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