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Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Press Release
May 14, 2009
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Coalition Continues Efforts to Impact Public Safety by Targeting Violent Offenders

This marijuana “grow house” was discovered during a compliance check.
This marijuana “grow house” was discovered during a compliance check.

CENTRAL FLORIDA – Law enforcement agencies from Volusia, Seminole and Orange Counties, including state and county probation officers, staged a three-county sweep beginning in the wee hours of Tuesday, May 12, 2009 to serve outstanding warrants and make contact with felony offenders. A total of eight active warrants were served on offenders who had violated probation. In addition, 26 offenders were taken into custody for violations or criminal behavior that was discovered during the sweep. The operation resulted in the seizure of weapons, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and counterfeit money, in addition to the arrests. 

Teams of law enforcement and probation officers made home visits to over 304   felony offenders on probation.  These team home visits included making contact with each offender, conducting a status check and a walk-through of the offenders’ residences. As anticipated, most contacts resulted in offenders being in place and abiding by the law; those who were not were taken into custody. These visits send a strong message to offenders that law enforcement is unified and working together in the community to provide support for offenders abiding by the conditions of their probation and swift “enforcement” for those who continue to break the law.

Originally, these multi-agency, multi-county operations were conducted through a grant funded by the Department of Justice that recently ended.  However, the success of the grant-funded operations led to strong support and partnerships between Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, as well as the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and police departments throughout the tri-county area.

This warrant and offender contact sweep was conducted during the early morning hours on May 12, 2009 and resulted in the seizure of: two firearms; $6760 in cash; 63.5 grams of cocaine, 1.5 pounds of marijuana; a large quantity of assorted drug paraphernalia; counterfeit U.S. currency and various prescription narcotics. 

Details by county:

Orange County: 

  • 105 offender contacts
  • 13 law enforcement teams involved
  • 12 offender arrests
  • Contraband seized:  41 grams of Marijuana, 4 hydrocodone pills
This marijuana “grow house” was discovered during a compliance check.
A total of $5,351 in cash was seized at this location in Seminole County, along with one pound of marijuana, two firearms, and drug paraphernalia during a compliance check.

Seminole County: 

  • 61  offender contacts
  • 10   law enforcement teams involved
  • 16  offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: More than one pound of Marijuana, $6,760 in cash seized, Steroids, two firearms, several different rounds of ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and 13 Counterfeit $20 bills.

Volusia County: 

  • 149  offender contacts
  •  9  law enforcement teams involved
  •  2 offender arrests 
  • Contraband seized:  63.5 grams of Cocaine, drug paraphernalia which included: a pipepush rod, syringe, and a shakes rolling machine.    

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

 Participating Agencies:

VOLUSIA COUNTY
Daytona Beach Police Department
Daytona Beach Shores, Public Safety
South Daytona Beach Police Department
Ormond Beach Police Department
Deland Police Department
New Smyrna Beach Police Department
Volusia County Sheriff's Office  

ORANGE COUNTY  
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Orlando Police Department
Winter Park Police Department
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Eatonville Police Department
Maitland Police Department
University of Central Florida Police Department

SEMINOLE COUNTY
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 
Florida Department of Law Enforcement 

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

Reporters interested in additional details may call Department of Corrections Public Affairs Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.