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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
May 23, 2008
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Multi-Agency Task Force Targets Violent Offenders
Nets 62 arrests over two nights

Several dozen law enforcement agencies from Volusia, Seminole and Orange Counties, including state and county probation officers, spent the last two nights banging on the doors of close to two thousand violent felony offenders, resulting in the arrests of 62 violent felons who had violated their probation and resulting in the seizure of weapons, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and pornographic images. This was the second in a series of grant-funded operations focused on reducing violent crimes in the community.

"I applaud the foresight of these law enforcement agencies and the proactive nature of this operation to stop violent felony offenders before they commit additional crimes. This operation illustrates the benefits of law enforcement agencies working together toward a common goal of public safety by sharing information and resources," said Governor Charlie Crist.

The operation, conducted during the evenings of May 21 and 22, resulted in the seizure of: 11 firearms along with various types of ammunition; 12 grams of cocaine; five knives, several pornographic images and films; more than half a pound of marijuana; a large quantity of assorted drug paraphernalia; 100 tablets of Ecstasy; and assorted prescription narcotics.

Teams of law enforcement and probation officers targeted offenders on probation for violent crimes including homicide, drug trafficking, aggravated battery, carjacking, gang-related violence as well as registered violent offenders. Home visits by law enforcement officers included making contact with each offender, conducting a status check and a walk-through of the offenders’ residences. Slightly less than half (823) of the 1,822 offenders targeted were home during the sweep, as expected, and most (761) of those contacted at home were in compliance with their probation requirements. The 62 who were not were escorted to their local jails.

“As a result of this most recent two-night sweep by Florida Department of Corrections probation officers and law enforcement agencies from Volusia, Seminole and Orange Counties, there are fewer guns, drugs and violent felony offenders on the streets,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil. “I commend them all for their diligence in carrying out our mutual missions of ensuring public safety.”

The operation was financed through a $740,000 Department of Justice grant that established the Central Florida Community Justice Coalition. Seminole County Sheriff Donald F. Eslinger took the lead in securing the grant, in partnership with Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, police departments throughout the tri-county area and county probation agencies. The grant money pays officer salaries for this initiative and several other operations focused on reducing violent crime.

Details by County:

Orange County:
339 offender contacts
25 law enforcement teams involved
24 offender arrests
Contraband seized: one black powder gun, three other firearms, 100 Ecstasy tablets, assorted prescription medication, marijuana, cocaine and assorted paraphernalia.

Seminole County:
153 offender contacts
10 law enforcement teams involved
19 offender arrests
Contraband seized: one pellet air rifle, box of 38 caliber ammunition, five knives, pornographic images (from sex offenders), 8.7 grams of cocaine, marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Volusia County:
331 offender contacts
18 law enforcement teams involved
19 offender arrests
Contraband seized: six firearms, pornographic films, assorted prescription narcotics, and marijuana.

Additional arrests and recovered items are expected over the next few days, pending further investigation and warrants.

Participating Agencies:

Daytona Beach Police Department
Daytona Beach Shores, Public Safety
South Daytona Beach Police Department
Ormond Beach Police Department
Port Orange Police Department
Deland Police Department
New Smyrna Beach Police Department
Holly Hill Police Department
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Edgewood Police Department
Winter Garden Police Department
Maitland Police Department
Oakland Police Department
Winter Park Police Department
Ocoee Police Department
Windermere Police Department
University of Central Florida Police Department
Apopka Police Department
Eatonville Police Department
Orlando Police Department
Orange County Sheriff's Office

Altamonte Springs Police Department
Lake Mary Police Department
Oviedo Police Department
Winter Springs Police Department
Casselberry Police Department
Longwood Police Department
Sanford Police Department
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Seminole County Department of Community Service

7th Circuit Community Corrections – Volusia County
9th Circuit Community Corrections – Orange County
18th Circuit Community Corrections – Seminole County

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