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In the fall of 2000, Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne kicked-off Operation S.T.A.R.T. in Dania Beach. It was a sharply focused program designed to take drug dealers and violent criminals off the streets patrolled by BSO. Today, Operation S.T.A.R.T., (Sheriff’s Targeted Anti-Crime Response Team), is continuing successfully in five of BSO’s fifteen districts.

While still going strong in Dania Beach, Sheriff Jenne expanded Operation S.T.A.R.T. to Pompano Beach, where, by May of 2001, the initiative had broken-up a cocaine pipeline with tentacles that reached to Springfield, Missouri. BSO detectives, working with other agencies, secured federal indictments against the dope dealers. By the end of 2002, the Pompano Beach facet of Operation S.T.A.R.T. resulted in 1,121 arrests, the capture of nearly 32 pounds of illegal dope, and the confiscation of more than $44,000.00.

By August 2001, Operation S.T.A.R.T. had expanded in Dania Beach, where it toppled a group of drug traffickers known as the “Barbershop Boyz” that had been distributing crack cocaine to parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, and Pensacola, Florida. When 2002 came to an end, Operation S.T.A.R.T. in Dania Beach recorded 1,299 arrests, 28 seized firearms, and more than $57,000.00 confiscated.

In October of 2001, Sheriff Jenne’s Operation S.T.A.R.T. was also winning success in BSO’s District-5, Central Broward. There, detectives uncovered a cocaine pipeline operating between Broward County and the Atlanta area. They also tracked down a suspect with ties to a $3,000,000.00 jewelry heist in Clearwater, Florida. By the end of 2002, S.T.A.R.T. in Central Broward was behind the seizure of nearly 242 pounds of illegal drugs, 1,017 arrests, and the confiscation of nearly $57,600.00.

Operation S.T.A.R.T. was in full swing in Deerfield Beach by May of 2002 when the Broward Sheriff's Office arrested a juvenile who confessed to more than two-dozen burglaries, offering further proof of the connection between truancy and juvenile crime. Working with city code enforcement officials, Operation S.T.A.R.T. also cleaned-up neighborhoods, towed dozens of abandoned vehicles, and worked with Habitat for Humanity to secure property for a new home for a deserving family. By the end of the year in Deerfield Beach, 879 arrests were made and nearly 395 pounds of dope, 36 guns, and more than $83,000.00 had been taken off the streets of Deerfield Beach because of S.T.A.R.T.

Following up on complaints from residents and city officials of Oakland Park, Sheriff Jenne ordered Operation S.T.A.R.T to go to work there. By October 2002, after four months of operation in Oakland Park, the people there were seeing a difference: dope peddlers were being busted, decrepit properties were being cleaned-up, and crime was down. By the end of 2002, S.T.A.R.T. in Oakland Park had scored 113 arrests and the confiscation of more than 111 pounds of illicit drugs, seven firearms, and $15,751.00. Additionally, the initiative in Oakland Park resulted in the cleanup of 62 trash-strewn lots and the removal of more than 50 derelict vehicles.

All told, through the end of 2002, Sheriff Jenne’s Operation S.T.A.R.T. has produced 4,429 arrests. It has taken more than 833 pounds of illegal drugs and 87 firearms off the streets of Broward County, and has resulted in the confiscation of more than a quarter of a million dollars. While the operation continues in Dania Beach, Pompano Beach, Central Broward, Deerfield Beach, and Oakland Park, Sheriff Jenne is planning to take this successful initiative to other neighborhoods patrolled by the Broward Sheriff's Office.

This release by:
Hugh Graf / Media Relations

Posted At: 01/21/2003 10:38 AM


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