Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

One-day drug sweep nets more arrests than week in '07

A statewide drug sweep netted more arrests in one day this year than during one week in 2007, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

In all, 757 people were taken into custody Wednesday during a coordinated effort between the FDLE and 72 local and state law enforcement agencies, including several in the Tampa Bay area.

In 2007, the same effort lasted a week and resulted in greater quantities of drugs confiscated, but just 739 arrests.

"We're pretty pleased with the results for one day," said Kristen Perezluha, an FDLE spokeswoman. The agency could not immediately explain the increased number of arrests this year.

In the Tampa Bay area, 258 people were arrested, with Tampa police making 56 arrests, more than any other agency. The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office charged 38; St. Petersburg police, 19; Clearwater, 20; Pasco Sheriff's Office, four.

Drugs seized statewide included 10.34 pounds of cocaine, 156 pounds of marijuana, 856 marijuana plants, 23.45 ounces of methamphetamine, 31.78 ounces of crack and hundreds of prescription pills. Officer also seized $1.16-million in currency.

Perezluha said the sweep was led by the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies as a national effort to highlight the importance of a federally funded program in assisting the day-to-day operations of drug enforcement.

Funding for the grant program, called the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Program, dropped 67 percent this year, according to the FDLE. Attorneys general, including Florida's Bill McCollum, are calling on Congress to restore the program's funding.

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3383.

One-day drug sweep nets more arrests than week in '07 03/07/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2008 11:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday.

  2. One Pasco County student arrested for bringing weapons to school, another for threatening shooting

    Crime

    Two Pasco County students from different schools were arrested Tuesday, one for having weapons on school grounds and the other for threatening a school shooting.

  3. It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier

    K12

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools school will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. starting in 2018-19, the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote.

    The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]
  4. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  5. The topic will be neighborhoods as Kriseman, Baker debate one more time

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker will face off, possibly for the last time before the Nov. 7 election, in a candidate forum on Wednesday hosted by the influential Council of Neighborhood Associations.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and former Mayor Rick Baker during a September forum. The two will will face off, possibly for the last time before the Nov. 7 election, during  a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]