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Media Advisory
May 6, 2013
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Corrections and Law Enforcement Strike Team Target Offenders on House Arrest; Make 49 Arrests and Seize Weapons

CENTRAL FLORIDA – In April, a strike team of law enforcement agencies in six Florida counties made surprise face-to-face contact with hundreds of offenders, including gang members and violent felons on house arrest. As a result, 49 offenders were arrested for non-compliance and six weapons were taken off the streets along with drug/paraphernalia.

Strike team officers made surprise compliance/curfew checks with over 530 offenders to ensure their adherence to court-ordered house arrest requirements. Officers visited the homes of targeted felony offenders and conducted status checks and walk-throughs of their residences. The large majority of offenders were in compliance with their probation and curfew mandates.

During the operation 39 violation(s) of supervision and 24 new law violations were discovered resulting in a total of 49 arrests. Overall, 35 were arrested with a Violation of ProbationFelony, 15 with a New Law Felony, nine with a New Law Misdemeanor and four with a Violation of Probation Misdemeanor. This operation resulted in the seizure of six weapons as well as an assortment of narcotics/paraphernalia (heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, straw, pipes, bong, syringes and various types of prescription medications including a variety of pain pills/opiates).

"Public safety is priority one, and working together with our local and state partners we ensure the protection and support of those we serve," said Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews.

The operation placed emphasis on compliance checks of offenders on Community Control Supervision and who have a previous history of: Robbery, Homicide, Sexual Battery, Aggravated Assault/ Battery, Armed Drug Trafficking, and/or Documented Gang Members or Associates.

The strike team, made up by DOC probation officers, deputies, and local police officers, are all part of the Community Justice Coalition (CJC), which began as a three-county initiative in 2007. Since then, the team has taken part in 15 sweeps. Law enforcement agencies from Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia were involved in this latest operation. 

Reporters interested in additional details may call the media contact listed for the specific counties listed below:

Brevard County:  Public Information Officer (PIO) Contact Deputy Maria Fernez, (321) 264-5209, maria.fernez@bcso.us 
61 offender contacts
7 law enforcement teams involved
11 offender arrests
Contraband seized:  2 firearms, 2 grams powder cocaine, 42 grams of marijuana, 20 various forms of prescription meds, and 15 drug paraphernalia items.

Lake County: PIO Sgt. Jim Vachon (352) 343-9741, (352) 267-3038, james.vachon@lcso.org; or John Herrell (352) 343-9741, (352) 267-0410, john.herrell@lcso.org
95 offender contacts
4 law enforcement teams involved
3 offender arrests
Contraband seized: 1 Pipe

Orange County: PIO Captain Angelo Nieves, (407) 254-7346, (407) 448-6148, angelo.nieves@ocfl.net
160 offender contacts
14 law enforcement teams involved
12 offender arrests
Contraband seized: 28 grams of marijuana, 4.2 grams of methamphetamine, and 24 grams of Adderall.

Osceola County: PIO Twis Lizasuain (407) 348-1141, (407) 709-9135, tliz@osceola.org
51 offender contacts
8 law enforcement teams involved
14 offender arrests
Contraband seized: 1 firearm, 3 Weapons, 1 gram of heroin, apprx. 20 grams of marijuana, Oxycodone/prescription meds, 8 drug paraphernalia items, 1 computer, and $3,600.00 in currency.

Seminole County: PIO Lt. James Clark (407) 665-6986, (407) 402-0869, jclark@seminolesheriff.org; Kim Cannaday (407) 665-6978, (407) 402-3319, kcannaday@seminolesheriff.org
46 offender contacts
12 law enforcement teams involved
5 offender arrests
Contraband seized: 3.8 grams marijuana, 6.3 grams synthetic marijuana, prescription meds including 17 Hydrocodone pills, 35 Trazadone pills, and drug paraphernalia item/pipe

Volusia County: PIO Gary Davidson, (386) 736-5989, (386) 804-3973, gdavidson@vcso.us
123 offender contacts
8 law enforcement teams involved
4 offender arrests
Contraband seized: cocaine residue, marijuana residue, ecstasy/MDMA capsule(s), and various drug paraphernalia items including a bong, straw, syringes, and spoons.

Brevard County
Brevard County Sheriff's Office Game Over Task Force to include officers from:
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
Cocoa Police Department
Melbourne Police Department
Palm Bay Police Department
Rockledge Police Department
Titusville Police Department

Lake County
Lake County Sheriff's Office

Orange County
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Orlando Police Department
UCF Police Department
Apopka Police Department
Winter Park Police Department

Osceola County
Osceola County Sheriff's Office

Seminole County
Casselberry Police Department
Lake Mary Police Department
Longwood Police Department
Oviedo Police Department
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Seminole County Probation

Volusia County
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Volusia County Sheriff's County
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Ormond Beach Police Department
Holly Hill Police Department
Daytona Beach Police Department
South Daytona Beach Police Department
Edgewater Police Department
New Smyrna Police Department
DeLand Police Department
Orange City Police 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

**Photos attached of some items seized.

Box of Drugs

Assorted Drugs

Assorted Drugs and Knives

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