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 August 25th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office summer enforcement operations result in 246 arrest and seizure of 15 guns, according to Sheriff Ken Mascara
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies spent the summer in a series of successful enforcement operations to keep neighborhoods, businesses and beaches safe, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Since taking office in 2001, I have worked to concentrate our law enforcement efforts where the need is greatest while at the same time maintaining a strong commitment to crime prevention programs to proactively deter crime," said Sheriff Mascara.

"Our countywide summer operations concentrated on areas of concern developed by our Crime Analysis Unit in cooperation with our law enforcement command staff," Sheriff Mascara said. "The results included 246 arrests and the seizure of 15 guns from criminals. Deputies solved numerous burglaries, recovered stolen property and took quantities of drugs and weapons off the streets throughout our county."

The summer operations concluded with a warrants sweep during the second week in August that resulted in 109 arrests over a three-day period.

In addition, the operations consisted of concentrated patrols by uniformed deputies in squad cars, bicycle patrols by deputies, foot patrols by K-9 teams, undercover narcotics cases, enhanced patrols of waterways by the Sheriff's Marine Unit and Citizen Marine Patrol volunteers, and concentrations of patrol deputies and detectives at the county's beach access parking lots to combat smash-and-grab burglaries, Sheriff Mascara said.

"Throughout St. Lucie County, members of the public who saw our deputies at work took the time to personally thank them in residential neighborhoods, business areas, beaches and elsewhere," said Sheriff Mascara. "These compliments confirmed the importance of our summer enforcement program.l"

Other highlights included: 137 arrests for drug offenses, five search warrants served, 15 guns seized, about 600 grams of  cocaine seized, about 35 pounds of marijuana seized and the confiscation of  about 1,000 prescription pills, mostly powerful painkillers such as Roxicodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Neighborhoods that saw concentrated uniformed deputy and K-9 patrols included Sheraton Plaza, Harmony Heights, Silver Lake Estates, Ponce De Leon Prado and Orange Blossom Estates, as well as the LaSalle, Palomar and Kilarney areas of Lakewood Park in northern St. Lucie County.

Uniformed and undercover deputies paid close attention beach access parking lots to combat smash-and-grab burglars, Sheriff Mascara said.

"Since May, we have made seven arrests at beach access parking lots, and we also assisted with the arrests of two defendants in Martin County for vehicle burglaries, one of whom we had arrested in mid-May," said Sheriff Mascara.

Beach and small island areas were free of the fights sometimes seen during the summer in previous years, thanks to the efforts of Marine Unit deputies augmented by volunteers of the Citizens Marine Patrol, Sheriff Mascara said. * * *

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