DADE CITY — Pasco Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday corralled 18 convicted felons they said had failed to register while on probation.
The sting, referred to as Operation Surprise Homecoming, focused on felons in east Pasco with burglary and grand theft charges.
Under state statute, felons on probation have 48 hours from the time they enter a new county to register their presence. The statute applies to all who have not had their rights restored. Failing to register is a misdemeanor.
"We have to have them register to keep tabs on where they're working and spending time," said sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow. "It's part of the deal."