Broward County crime crackdown results in more than 50 arrests, seizures of guns, drugs and cash
A crackdown on violent crime and gang-related shootings in Broward County has resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of guns, drugs and cash, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced last week. .
Operation Green Shield ran from October 26 to November 16 in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and surrounding unincorporated areas in the north county.
There were 54 felony arrests, including 22 gang members; 27 firearms seized, seven of which were reported stolen; more than two kilograms of heroin, 211 grams of cocaine and crack and 116 grams of fentanyl seized; and $359,000 in confiscated illicit money, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said at a news conference Tuesday.
“There are fewer violent criminals, including a number of gang members, guns and drugs on the streets as a result of this operation.” he said.
Among those arrested were Jermaine Ta’Quan Garland, 27, and Breon Rashad Kinder, 30, who face 27 charges between them, records show.
“These guys are out there committing crimes, selling drugs, committing acts of violence, and they have access to handguns,” Lt. Andrea Tianga said. “That’s what we really focused on in this operation was targeting violence.”
Among the items seized were assault rifles and handguns with magazines holding more than 40 bullets, and some of the ammunition was particularly dangerous, she said.
“There were a few shootings in Deerfield that involved FN shells,” Tianga said. “They’re actually called the ‘cop killer’ [bullets] because they are said to penetrate our bulletproof vests.
The Broward Sheriff’s operation was a multi-agency effort, but Tianga said public guidance was crucial.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t want to come forward. [because] they fear retaliation,” she said. “So a lot of them will come up to us next door and say, ‘You didn’t hear it from me, but Garland and his associates are responsible for these shootings. ”
Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida Probation and Parole, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Lauderhill and Boca Raton Police Departments were also involved in the operation.
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