May 14, 2009
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|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:
|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.|
Additional arrests and recovered items are expected over the next few days, pending further investigation and warrants.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Reporters interested in additional details may call Department of Corrections Public Affairs Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.