Posted on June 22, 2011

Sheriff: Head of Largest Heroin Operation in Polk County History Was On Food Stamps, Here Illegally

Ryan Raiche, ABC Action News, June 14, 2011

Detectives in Polk County recently busted the largest heroin trafficking operation in the county’s history, according to Sheriff Grady Judd.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Judd said his team of detectives arrested 33 people during the 14-month long investigation. Five were taken into custody early Tuesday morning, including Pablo Bergen, the leader of the operation, according to police.


“It gets better,” Judd said. “He’s from the Dominican Republic and he’s not a citizen of the United States.”

Perhaps the biggest bombshell of all, Bergen and a handful of others in the operation were on food stamps, according to Judd.

In addition to raking in tens of thousands of dollars in drug money, Bergen got $900 every month from the government.