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State Attorney Monique Worrell Launches Narcotics Unit to Prosecute Drug Trafficking Cases

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN) – Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Monique H. Worrell, flanked by law enforcement officials, held a press conference Monday outside of the Osceola County Courthouse to announce the launch of a new Narcotics Unit to crack down on drug trafficking.

State Attorney Monique Worrell speaks at a press conference in front of the Osceola County Courthouse Monday, November 15, 2021. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

State Attorney Monique Worrell speaks at a press conference in front of the Osceola County Courthouse Monday, November 15, 2021. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Worrell said the Narcotics Unit will promote a fair and equitable administration of justice, while protecting public safety and preventing overdose deaths through the investigation and prosecution of high-level narcotics trafficking.

Worrell contended that targeted prosecutions, as well as alternatives to incarceration, are essential components of an effective strategy to save lives, while differentiating those who suffer from addiction from those seeking to capitalize on the suffering of those who are addicted. “Some will be arrested, but incarceration alone has not and cannot be the only solution,” she said during Monday’s press conference.

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell speaks during State Attorney Monique Worrell's press conference in front of the Osceola County Courthouse Monday, November 15, 2021. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell speaks during State Attorney Monique Worrell’s press conference in front of the Osceola County Courthouse Monday, November 15, 2021. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

With the dissolution of the Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB), the State Attorney Worrell noted that her office will continue its partnership with the agencies that are and will become part of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI).

Chief O’Dell explained that his police department chose to withdraw from the OCIB. “We felt like we just didn’t have the experience necessary at the command level,” he said. “Working with the MBI during my time with the Orlando Police Department…they have decades of experience passed down, especially at the supervisory and command levels.”

When a reporter asked about the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s involvement, State Attorney Worrell said the Sheriff’s Office was invited to Monday’s press conference, but didn’t attend.

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