Lehigh Acres man found guilty of conspiracy to traffic fentanyl & possession of pill presses

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Lehigh Acres man was found guilty of conspiracy to traffic fentanyl and possession of pill presses, following a trial in Lee County.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, 30-year-old Jesse Grassmuck is the first to be tried from Operation Woot-de-Woot, the second NETFORCE operation created to crack down on long-term crime across Southwest Florida.

Operation Woot-de-Woot took place in 2021 and 2022, resulting in the arrest of 29 people — including Grassmuck. Cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana, oxycodone, guns and money involved with illegal drug sales were seized during the operation.

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Grassmuck conspired to buy seven grams of fentanyl from a co-conspirator who has since died of a fentanyl overdose. A search warrant at Grassmuck’s home led to the discovery of several pill-pressing machines and bags with powders used for selling illegal drugs.

Grassmuck’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 5, 2023.

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