OPERATION S.T.A.R.T. NETS 2,307 DRUG ARRESTS LATEST ARRESTS IN DEERFIELD BEACH, PROPERTY DONATED TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
- PIO Number: 02-5-13
- Date: May 8, 2002
- Time: 2:30 PM (news conference)
- Place of Occurrence: arrests throughout Deerfield Beach, Habitat for Humanity site: 249 SW 4th Street, Deerfield Beach
- (1) State of Florida (2) People of Deerfield Beach
- 255 drug arrests in Deerfield Beach
Description of Incident:
255 street-level and mid-level drug dealers have been arrested in Deerfield Beach for possession, purchase and delivery of narcotics as part of Operation S.T.A.R.T.: Sheriff’s Targeted Anti-Crime Response Team. An unprecedented 2,307 drug arrests have been made since Operation S.T.A.R.T. began in Dania Beach in the fall of 2000. In 2001, S.T.A.R.T. was launched in Pompano Beach and unincorporated Central Broward neighborhoods.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office has been working the Deerfield Beach operation since last December, in close partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida, DEA, ATF, FDLE the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the state Department of Probation and Parole. One of the main targets was mid-level cocaine supplier Rufus Cody (dob 4/9/55) who was arrested April 10th at his Deerfield Beach home, 91 NE 6th Court. Cody faces cocaine trafficking charges for supplying the drug to a network of street level drug dealers in Deerfield Beach.
This operation provided further proof that truancy and daytime crimes are linked. 129 truants were picked up in Deerfield Beach, one of whom confessed to committing 26 burglaries. S.T.A.R.T. also found evidence of drug dealers breeding and training pit bull dogs to fight. Seven were charged with animal abuse or neglect, and the visibly injured dogs were removed by BSO’s Abuse and Neglect Unit.
In cooperation with city code enforcement, S.T.A.R.T. worked to clean up the neighborhoods, issuing 144 code violations and towing 37 abandoned vehicles. BSO and city officials teamed up to donate foreclosed property at 249 SW 4th Street to Habitat for Humanity, for construction of a future home. “This new home will be built in a neighborhood that is safer today because of Operation S.T.A.R.T,” Sheriff Ken Jenne said. “When drug buyers and sellers go to jail, we can prove crimes like burglaries, robberies and theft drop dramatically.”
Operation S.T.A.R.T. will continue monitoring activity and making arrests in the four communities and is ready to launch its next operation in areas patrolled by the Broward Sheriff's Office.
- INVESTIGATORS: BSO Strategic Investigations & BSO Dist. 10, FDLE ,U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern Dist., ATF, DEA,Broward State Attorney’s Office
- THIS REPORT BY: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations, May 8, 2002 2:30PM