Just as detectives sat in their vehicles wrapping up an eight-hour enforcement operation, they witnessed as two males rode up to a home in Pompano Beach on a scooter and fired several shots. Those two men and 25 others were arrested during a multi-agency gang sweep in Pompano Beach.
The operation took place Friday, May 17, into the early morning hours of May 18. More than 30 law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies who are part of the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force teamed up to help address an uptick in shootings and gang activity in the city.
“Fortunately, no one was injured in the drive-by Saturday morning, but it’s the very reason why operations like this one are necessary," Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “We need to put an end to the violence and the criminal behavior that robs the rest of the community of its peace and tranquility.”
In addition to the numerous arrests for charges ranging from possession of narcotics and violation of probation to discharging a firearm, detectives seized a variety of narcotics, three firearms, more than $3,000 in cash and a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from Pompano Beach in November 2017. At least three of those arrested have documented ties to a known gang.
Participating in this sweep were members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach districts, the Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response Team and the Gang Investigations Unit, in addition to the Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach and Fort Lauderdale police departments, United States Border Patrol and the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole.
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