Florida Drug Ring Relied on Voodoo Priest for Strategic Advice

PIC: Thom Quine (CC)

PIC: Thom Quine (CC)

The Polk County, Florida Sheriffs Department arrested 13 (!!!) people suspected of being involved in a methamphetamine operation. The crew was taking their advice from a voodoo priest. Mistakes were made. Oh, Florida. Don’t ever change.

Via the UPI:

As part of Operation Hoodoo Voodoo, 44 pounds of meth — worth about $2 million — was seized when ring leader Luis Villafuerte-Rojas was arrested at a truck stop in Polk City.

The operation’s supervisor, Javier Flores, remains on the loose.

Flores and another ring leader, Ma-Conception Lopez, reportedly consulted with the Voodoo priest after investigators took $200,000 in cash in February.

“They wanted to know if it was OK to continue,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Woods.. “The priest advised them everything’s OK. Just lay low for a couple of weeks. It’s not the police. It’s someone inside the organization…As a matter of fact, it was the police.”

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  • Jin The Ninja

    bit of a non story. if you understand how morality works in syncretic african traditions, this is a perfectly acceptable use of divination, as are spells for keeping the law away. what religion did people expect them to be? catholic? they are drug dealers not pedos.

    • jasonpaulhayes

      You’re mostly right but not entirely… there are Catholic Patron Saints of drug dealing.

      • Jin The Ninja

        jesus malverde and san maximon are thoroughly outside of mainstream catholic practice; however i understand what you are saying. even san alejo- does not refer to ‘saint alex’ (one of the many)- it refers to ‘alejo’ as in ‘get away.’ when i cited african syncretic traditions- my intention was to include folk catholicism and brujeria as parallel and/or intersecting traditions.

        • jasonpaulhayes

          That about sums it up, you nailed it… I know your previous comment was tongue in cheek and I had a good laugh.

          You’re much more informed on the topic than I am. I stopped listening to Catholics when the nuns at a middle school I attended against my will so graciously informed me of all I needed to know. They were the first to call me what I am… Anti-Christ.

  • Doubleutf

    Polk county is a complete shit hole…

    • VaudeVillain

      I’ve been to Florida a few times, and I can’t honestly say that I recall ever seeing anywhere that wasn’t. The closest is the Disney bits, but they’re creepy as fuck.

      • echar

        The Fort Lauderdale / Coral Springs area is nice.

        • VaudeVillain

          I’ll take your word for it.

  • Mr Grim

    I keep Jane Seymour on speed-dial for when I make any major strategic decision.

    Good enough for Dr. Kananga, good enough for me.

  • BuzzCoastin

    datz nutin
    der homeland pays billions
    for voodoo priests prognostication
    via alphabetically appelated spy priests
    with similar incorrect insights

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