Charges dropped after drug bust shown on YouTube
Two suspects in the biggest drug bust in Lee County are out on probation after video of the crime scene appeared on the Internet.Posted — Updated
An officer with the Sanford Police Department videotaped the bust, and his video turned up on YouTube. The video has been removed from the site, and the officer is no longer with the department. Officials withheld his name.
Investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys claimed they didn't even know the video existed until word spread that it was online.
“It's my understanding that there were two Sanford police officers who came to the scene and did record part of the crime scene,” Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said.
Carter said he does not know what the officers were doing there. Federal and state agents were on the scene, he said, and local police were never called.
"I'm upset that this happened,” Carter added.
Elizalde and Ayala were arrested during the bust.
After the defense argued that the video should have been submitted into evidence, all charges but one were dismissed against the two suspects.
Both men were sentenced to probation, and released on time served.
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