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            Date: March 9, 2012                                                                    PIO NUMBER: 12-3-15


More than a dozen law enforcement agencies joined forces in a large-scale, two-day crackdown on street-level crime organized by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Drug dealers, prostitutes, a marijuana grow house and people with child pornography on their computers were all targets of “Operation March Mayhem.”

Metro Broward Drug Task Force detectives shut down a grow house Thursday in a West Park warehouse. They seized 158 plants that ranged in height from an inch to several-feet-tall. Overall, there were 301 people arrested. Detectives seized more than 150 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,000 grams of cocaine, several hundred Oxycodone pills, seven firearms and more than $50,000.

Law enforcement officers from BSO, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metro Broward Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, US Postal Inspectors, U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Probation & Parole, as well as Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale, Lauderhill, Sunrise and Coral Springs police departments all participated. More than 200 law enforcement officers participated.

“We joined forces with our law enforcement partners so the residents of Broward County can sleep soundly in their beds tonight knowing that street-level criminals are where they belong – in jail,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “I am proud of all of the participants for their hard work and dedication.”

Media note: b-roll of the various aspects of the operation is available on, and still photographs are attached to this release.

Dani Moschella/PIO

Photo cutlines:

Metro Broward Drug Task Force Sgt. Mike Santiago looks at guns and marijuana siezed during a narcotics search warrant served Friday at an apartment at 1192 N. State Road 7 in Lauderhill. In an effort to escape, three people jumped from a third-story balcony but were apprehended by detectives in the parking lot.

Leo Cole, 29, was one of five men arrested at a Lauderhill apartment Friday after Metro Broward Drug Task Force detectives and the BSO SWAT team served a search warrant there. Residents of the apartment had sold drugs to undercover detectives several times, prompting the search.

BSO K-9 Kismet alerts to the pocket of one of five men arrested Friday after Metro Broward Drug Task Force detectives and the BSO SWAT team served a search warrant at a Lauderhill apartment.

Two women are booked Friday afternoon the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building during a two-day operation aimed at street-level criminals.

Posted At: 03/09/2012 10:28 PM


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