'You were warned' - Florida Sheriff's message to criminals goes viral


Clay County's coffee-chugging sheriff has a message for criminals: Stop what you're doing, leave the county, or expect a visit from him and his deputies.

Sheriff Darryl Daniels posted video to Facebook Friday showing him standing outside a house after the SWAT team executed a search warrant. The video starts by panning over 15 young men and women, some laughing, who are sitting on the curb after being detained by deputies. It then goes to Daniels, surrounded by masked deputies and large, armored trucks, who says the Hickory Glen neighborhood home was a "narcotics house."

"We just served a search warrant for a narcotics house," Daniels says while holding a cup of coffee. "You know we warned and warned again and that's why we call this "Operation You Were Warned" because these individuals - all 15 of them that came out of this residence - were warned before that if they kept up we would come back. I continue to tell folks and I've said time and time again and folks don't seem to believe what I'm saying: As the sheriff of Clay County, I'm telling you if you want to commit crimes in Clay County you've got options. You can stop what you're doing, you can leave Clay County, or you too will be on the receiving end of this."

The camera then follows Daniels to the entrance of the house. "One day you'll be sleeping at night or early one morning and you'll hear a bang and a lot of noise and the end result and the outcome will be me - standing in your living room, like I said - drinking my morning cup of coffee.

He then takes a long swig. "15 going to jail. Three big gulps. Y'all take care, Clay County."

As of this point, the video had been shared more than 13,000 times and viewed 700,000 times.

The sheriff's office says it seized heroin, fentanyl, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the home. They say five adults were arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges and one juvenile was charged with a misdemeanor. Deputies say they've previously made a trafficking arrest at the home and responded to medical calls for overdoses. They say they've been to the home nearly 30 times in the last six months, including calls for shots fired, fights and other disturbances.

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