Panama City Police arrest over a dozen suspects in undercover operation

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – The Panama City Police Department’s Investigative Service Section announced they have concluded a three-day online undercover operation.

Authorities said ‘Operation Summer Heat’ is aimed at tackling child exploitation and online prostitution.

From May 30 to June 1 undercover investigators said they worked to identify online predators across various social media and internet platforms. By exchanging messages with hundreds of individuals, detectives have opened multiple investigations into those who transmitted harmful material or solicited sexual acts from people they believed to be minors.

Four of these investigations led to arrests when the online perpetrators attempted to meet the child in person, according to a news release.

In addition, Operation Summer Heat targeted online prostitution and those profiting from it, investigators said.

The Panama City Police Department’s Investigative Services section continues to conduct several ongoing investigations and expects additional arrests in the near future.

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