Every city and county has its share of child sexual predators, prostitution, illegal drugs, aggressive drivers, and fugitives running amok. Each crime is dealt with in its own way. That is, unless you're the Broward County Sheriff's Office, which deals with those crimes in one fell swoop.
In a massive three-day takedown dubbed Operation Hat Trick, the BSO is reporting that it's made 150 arrests, delivered 120 citations, and seized thousands of dollars, three stolen vehicles, and a gun.
The op went down last week from Wednesday to Friday and resulted in several arrests, including one man who tried to sell crack cocaine to an undercover officer.
Those arrested were taken to BSO's Stockade detention facility, where they were examined by medical personnel and processed before being taken to jail.
Overall, Operation Hat Trick seized $72,238, three vehicles, and a gun.
"People who live in our communities don't want people dealing drugs on their corners, so we go out there and try to take care of that for them," BSO Lt. Steve Feeley told the media Friday. "We're very committed to making sure that Broward County is a safe place to live and work."
Generally, when the BSO puts together an operation like this, multiple arrests are made. BSO says an operation the size of Hat Trick usually brings in about 120 arrests, especially when other law enforcement agencies are involved.
This past March, BSO participated in a South Florida-wide Organized Retail Crime task force that helped bring down a $15 million statewide shoplifting ring while arresting 16 people.
Last year, BSO's Operation 47 Op took down a prostitution ring and nabbed 16 people.
"Open communication between law enforcement and the community is crucial to ensure that the needs of the residents of Broward County are met as they relate to public safety," BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said.
For Operation Hat Trick, the BSO got help from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, the Broward County Drug Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Probation and Parole, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Lighthouse Point, Hallandale, Margate, Lauderhill, Sunrise, and Coral Springs police departments.
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