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Media Advisory
February 19, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
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Nine-County Law Enforcement Sweep Targets Gang and Violent Offenders:
Nets 72 Arrests, 84 Weapons

CENTRAL FLORIDA – A coalition of 56 law enforcement agencies in a nine- county area collaborated to make surprise face to face contact with numerous gang members and violent felons during the late evening hours Tuesday. Teams comprised of probation officers, deputies and local police officers visited the homes of known gang members and violent felons and conducted walk throughs of their residences to ensure that they are complying with their conditions of probation. At some of the locations a full search of the residence was conducted.

This sweep focused on known gang members on felony probation to look for evidence of continued gang activity or continued contact with gang associates. The coalition also contacted probationers who have a violent history, and conducted searches as well as curfew checks. Those found in violation of the terms of their probation were arrested and taken to jail, and a number of weapons and drugs were seized.

 “It’s impossible to know how many crimes were prevented due to the efforts of this coalition in ridding our streets of drugs, guns, other weapons and a criminal element who refuses to abide by the law. What we do know is that Floridians are safer today because of the efforts of these agencies,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil. "Targeting gang members is a particularly effective way to send the message that we will continue to be proactive in our public safety mission."

The operation resulted in the seizure of 84 weapons, assorted types of narcotics (1.76oz cocaine, 67.5 oz marijuana, 235 pills Xanax, 37 Oxycontin pills, 128 pills Oxycodone, 32 pills of Soma), assorted drug paraphernalia, and $5,409 in cash.
Law enforcement knocked on the doors of more than 515 offenders and served outstanding warrants on 13 offenders who had violated the terms of their probation. In addition, 59 offenders were taken into custody for criminal violations discovered during the sweep, and 13 non-probation offenders were also arrested, totaling 72 arrests. Sex offenders were also arrested for curfew violations and possessing pornography.

Law enforcement organizations from Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Osceola, St. Lucie, Seminole and Volusia counties were involved in this operation as part of the Community Justice Coalition (Coalition), which began in February 2008 and was expanded in 2009 to enhance the focus on gang members. The Coalition is spearheaded by Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger who unified the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, United States Secret Service, United States Marshals and police departments throughout the nine-county area into the existing Coalition.
This was the 8th sweep conducted by this coalition since its inception and the first in 2010.

As a result of this operation, there were 13 gang-related arrests (6 Violent Felony and 7 Violent Misdemeanor).

Details by County:

Brevard County

  • 134 offender contacts
  • 22 law enforcement teams involved
  • 35 offender arrests
  • 16 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized:  51.43 oz marijuana, .074 oz cocaine, Pills: 1 Oxycontin, 39 Oxycodone, 1 Soma, 25 Benzodiazapin, 57 Xanax, 13 Hydrocodone, 47 guns, 17 knives, 1 brass knuckle

Indian River County:

  • 52 offender contacts
  • 6 law enforcement teams involved
  • 1 offender arrests
  • 4 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: 0.01 oz cocaine, 0.08 oz marijuana, Pills: 3 Loratabs, 12 Oxycodone, Cash $1,028, assorted drug paraphernalia, 156 rounds of ammunition.

Lake County:

  • 47 offender contacts
  • 6 law enforcement teams involved
  • 4 offender arrests
  • 2 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: 3 firearms, 0.71 oz marijuana, 2 air-soft guns, cross-bow, security badge, 2 knives, assorted drug paraphernalia

Martin County:

  • 41 offender contacts
  • 5 law enforcement teams involved
  • 6 offender arrests
  • 1 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: 2 firearms, 1.80 oz marijuana, Pills: half bar Xanax, 36 Oxycontin, 2 knives

Orange County:

  • 105 offender contacts
  • 16 law enforcement teams involved
  • 11 offender arrests
  • 4 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized:   1firearm, 0.27 oz marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia

Osceola:

  • 49 offender contacts
  • 6 law enforcement teams involved
  • 11 offender arrests
  • 0 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized:   2.01 oz marijuana, Cash $240

St. Lucie County:

  • 33 offender contacts
  • 8 law enforcement teams involved
  • 4 offender arrests
  • 1 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: Pills: 32 Oxycodone

Seminole County:

  • 83 offender contacts
  • 13 law enforcement teams involved
  • 15 offender arrests
  • 0 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized:   1.01 oz cocaine, 8.18 oz marijuana, Pills: 4 Risperidone, 45 Oxycodone, 1 Darvocet, 2 Adderall, 6 Morphine, 178 Xanax, 31 Soma, 3 knives, Cash $4,141, 1 Rohm RG3 6 mm handgun, assorted drug paraphernalia

Volusia County:

  • 105 offender contacts
  • 10 law enforcement teams involved
  • 7 offender arrests
  • 1 non-offender arrests
  • Contraband seized: 2 firearms, 3.02 oz marijuana

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

Participating Agencies

Brevard County

  • Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cocoa Police Department
  • Melbourne Police Department
  • Palm Bay Police Department
  • Satellite Beach Police Department
  • Titusville Police Department
  • Melbourne Beach Police Department

Indian River County

  • Fellsmere Police Department
  • Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Indian River Shores Public Safety
  • Sebastian Police Department
  • Vero Beach Police Department

Lake County

  • Lake County Sheriff Office

Martin County

  • Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stuart Police Department

Orange County

  • Maitland Police Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Ocoee Police Department
  • Orlando Police Department
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • University of Central Florida Police Department
  • Winter Park Police Department

Osceola County

  • Kissimmee Police Department
  • Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Cloud Police Department

Seminole County

  • Altamonte Springs Police Department
  • Casselberry Police Department
  • Lake Mary Police Department
  • Oviedo Police Department
  • Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
  • Winter Springs Police Department

St. Lucie County

  • Ft. Pierce Police Department
  • Port St. Lucie Police Department
  • St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

Volusia County

  • City of Daytona Beach Shores
  • Daytona Beach Police Department
  • Deland Police Department
  • Edgewater Police Department
  • Holly Hill Police Department
  • Lake Helen Police Department
  • New Smyrna Police Department
  • Oak Hill Police Department
  • Orange City Police Department
  • Ormond Beach Police Department
  • Ponce Inlet Police Department
  • Port Orange Police Department
  • South Daytona Police Department
  • Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

Other Agencies

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • United States Secret Service Orlando RA (Resident Agency)
  • United States Marshals
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Office of the State Attorney, 19th Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Seminole County Probation Department

Department of Corrections

  • 5th Circuit Community Corrections – Lake County
  • 7th Circuit Community Corrections – Volusia County
  • 9th Circuit Community Corrections – Orange County, Osceola County
  • 18th Circuit Community Corrections – Brevard County, Seminole County
  • 19th Circuit Community Corrections – Indian River County, Martin County, St. Lucie County

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

Items Seized

Seminole County: 1.01 oz cocaine, 8.18 oz marijuana, Pills: 4 Risperidone, 45 Oxycodone, 1 Darvocet, 2 Adderall, 6 Morphine, 178 Xanax, 31 Soma, 3 knives, Cash $4,141, 1 Rohm RG3 6 mm handgun, assorted drug paraphernalia

Drugs, cash, paraphenalia and weapons

Drugs

Paraphenalia
Marijuana, Crack and Drug Paraphernalia

Knives

Knife
3 Martial Art Knives

Gang members

Gang members

Gang members

Gang members

Gang members
2 qualified members, 1 qualified associate, 1 previous gang member identified

Drugs and Cash

Guns

Guns
Volusia County: 2 Firearms and 32.02 oz marijuana recovered

Guns
Brevard County: Rifles and handguns