BROWARD COUNTY – A two-day anti-crime sweep by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies has led to the arrests of more than 200 suspects in Broward County.
“This is the fifth time in 15 months that we have conducted this operation and the results speak for themselves,” said Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti. “It shows how much we can accomplish when we have local, state and federal agencies working together to combat crime.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, along with local police departments and state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted the operation.
The operation involved more 150 federal agents, including SWAT teams.
It consisted of raids carried out Thursday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 20. When the county-wide takedowns were completed, 232 people were in custody. The charges range from prostitution to drug activity to outstanding warrants for fugitives.
During the operation, six marijuana grow houses were busted. Law enforcement agencies also confiscated a bounty of cash, weapons, drugs and vehicles. The totals included 25 firearms, 9,076 Oxycodone and Xanax prescription pills, 174 pounds of marijuana, 300 grams of cocaine, five vehicles and $171,000 in cash.
The multi-agency crackdowns are becoming common place in Broward.
“They have been very successful,” said the BSO’s Public Information Officer Keyla Concepción. “The first one was conducted in May 2009 and we will definitely be doing more in the future.”
Elgin Jones may be reached at EJones@SFLTimes.com.
Pictured Above: Sheriff Al Lamberti