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Florida Sheriffs deputies arrest more than 5,000 in Operation Dry Spring

3:37 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Sheriff's Association wrapped up Operation Dry Spring on Sunday, which was aimed at protecting youths in Florida from purchasing alcohol, tobacco and other various substances.

With more than 5,000 arrests made in 37 counties during the five-week operation the FSA is touting it as success. The timing of the operation coincided with the Spring Break season. It began on March 4 and concluded on April 7.

Individuals were arrested for charges such as underage alcohol sales, underage tobacco sales and synthetic drug sales.

"The Florida Sheriffs Task Force was able to conduct 4,173 business checks to ensure the sale of alcohol, tobacco and synthetic drugs to underage youth is not taking place at local businesses," said Susan Benton, the FSA president and Highlands County Sheriff. "Cutting off the supply chain of these substances to our youth is extremely important in keeping them safe from the dangers of drugs and alcohol."

The results of Operation Dry Spring:

  • 1,008 arrests for alcohol possession by a person under 21 years of age (Walton County Sheriff's Office)
  • 9,300 grams of synthetic narcotics seized (Escambia County Sheriff's Office)
  • 698 business checks by the for sale of alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs to minors (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
  • On the First Coast, there were 221 arrests made in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

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