South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Broward County violent crime crackdown nets over 50 arrests, seizure of guns, drugs and cash

- ByWayne K. Roustan Wayne K. Roustan can be reached at wkroustan@ sunsentine­l.com or 561379-6119 or on Twitter@ WayneRoust­an

DEERFIELD BEACH — A crackdown on violent crimes and gang-related shootings in Broward County has resulted in dozens of arrests, and the seizing of guns, drugs and cash, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced this past week.

Operation Green Shield ran from Oct. 26 through Nov. 16 in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and surroundin­g unincorpor­ated northern areas of the county.

There were 54 felony arrests, including 22 gang members; 27 guns seized, seven of which were reported stolen; over two kilograms of heroin, 211 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, and 116 grams of fentanyl seized; and $359,000 in illicit money confiscate­d, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said at a news conference Tuesday.

“There are fewer violent criminals, including a number of gang members, guns and drugs off the streets as a result of this operation.” he said.

Among those arrested were Jermaine Ta’Quan Garland, 27, and Breon Rashad Kinder, 30, who are facing 27 charges between them, records show.

“These guys are out there, committing crimes, selling drugs, committing violence and they have access to handguns,” said Lt. Andrea Tianga. “This is what we really focused on in this operationw­as targeting the violence.”

Among the items seized were assault rifles and handguns with magazines that held more than 40 bullets, and some of the ammunition was particular­ly dangerous, she said.

“There were a couple of shootings in Deerfield that involved FN rounds,” Tianga said. “They’re actually called the ’cop killer’ [bullets] because they are said to penetrate our bullet proof vests.”

The Broward Sheriff’s operation was a multiagenc­y effort, but Tianga said it was the public’s tips thatwere crucial.

“Unfortunat­ely a lot of people don’t want to come forward [because] they fear retaliatio­n,” she said. “So, a lot of them will come to us on the side and say, ’You didn’t hear it from me but Garland and his associates are responsibl­e for those shootings.’ ”

Homeland Security Investigat­ions, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion, Florida Probation and Parole, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Lauderhill and Boca Raton police department­s were also involved in the operation.

 ?? BROWARDSHE­RIFF’SOFFICE/COURTESY ?? Operation Green Shieldmade­54 felony arrests and seized heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, $359,000in illicitmon­ey and 27 firearms, the Broward Sheriff’sOffice said.
BROWARDSHE­RIFF’SOFFICE/COURTESY Operation Green Shieldmade­54 felony arrests and seized heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, $359,000in illicitmon­ey and 27 firearms, the Broward Sheriff’sOffice said.

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