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Massive Drug Bust: Bay County Seizes Record 7.3 Pounds of Fentanyl, Four Arrested

4 Arrested in Major Drug Bust in Springfield, FL

BAY COUNTY, FL (WDNews) – Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford announced a significant breakthrough in the fight against drug trafficking with the arrest of four individuals and the seizure of a record 7.3 pounds of fentanyl.

The arrests followed a six-month investigation by the Special Investigations Division (SID). On June 18, SID executed a search warrant at 112 Marin Lake Drive in Springfield, Florida, where they suspected a major fentanyl trafficking operation was being run.

When investigators arrived, Elias Barela attempted to escape by jumping out of a rear window but was swiftly captured by officers stationed at the back of the house. Inside the residence, authorities detained three other adults: Tyree Jones, Angel Godinez, and Janice Soney.

The search revealed over 7.3 pounds of fentanyl, 7.8 ounces of methamphetamine, six pounds of the synthetic drug “tunechi,” two pounds of marijuana, three handguns, and over $27,000 in cash.

Jones, 30, and Godinez, 32, face multiple charges, including trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine, possession of synthetic drugs, firearm possession as felons, failure to register as convicted felons, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Barela, 30, was charged with similar offenses, while Soney, 33, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

All four suspects were booked into the Bay County Jail.

This operation was part of the S.A.F.E. (State Assistance for Fentanyl Eradication) program, which was established in 2023 by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature to combat illegal fentanyl activities. The program supports investigations with funding for overtime, travel, supplies, equipment, and training costs.