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Florida Sheriff to Heroin Dealers in Video: 'Run'

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 12:36 PM

A Florida sheriff's heroin dealer "warning" video, in which he's flanked by four masked deputies, has gone viral, generating a wide range of positive and negative responses.

Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, who was elected in November, posted the video on Facebook Friday. In the clip, he's accompanied by the concealed deputies wearing bulletproof vests, and he asks for the community's help in capturing drug dealers, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"Enjoy trying to sleep tonight wondering if tonight's the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges," Grinnell says in the video, which is being blasted as tone-deaf by many on social media. "We are coming for you. Run."

The Orlando Sentinel said the video, which was done in-house, has been viewed more than 700,000 views on the Sheriff’s Office's Facebook page and has generated more than 1,000 comments.

"It's really, you know, I guess they say — gone viral," Grinnell told the Sentinel, adding that he made it clear that the tone was directed as the drug dealers. "I'm just doing what I'm elected to do."

Vanda Felbab-Brown, the director of the Improving Global Drug Policy Project at the Brookings Institute, told NBC News that she feels the video will ultimately backfire because it will cause drug dealersand users to "retreat into the shadows" instead of seeking out the help they need.

"These kinds of brutal tactics never work to lessen drug trafficking," Felbab-Brown said.

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