Sheriff’s Warning to Drug Dealers Goes Viral

Lake County, Florida Sheriff Peyton Grinnell has a message for heroin pushers bringing drugs into his county: We’re coming for you. Run.

In a video just released through the department’s Facebook page, Grinnell and a team of four, clad in ski masks and bullet proof vests, warn drug dealers that their days are numbered. The dramatic video contains eerie music, stern language, and close-ups of the sheriff and his heavily armed deputies.

“Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges,” Grinnell says. “We are coming for you. If our agents can show the nexus between you, the pusher of poison, and the person that overdoses and dies, we will charge you with murder. We are coming for you. Run."

Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. John Herrell said most of the reactions to the video have been positive. But some civil rights advocates are calling it disturbing.

“It makes the Lake County Sheriff’s Department look like they’re about to go to battle in Falluja,” said Ezekiel Edwards, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project.

That was probably the point.