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TPD's 'Operation Safe Summer' nets 161 arrests, 13 pounds of drugs, 14 guns

Tallahassee Police Department
Posted at 3:45 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 15:45:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTLX) — The Tallahassee Police Department's 'Operation Safe Summer' has ended in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of nearly 13 pounds of drugs as well as 14 guns.

Operation Safe Summer began on June 5, 2019, and concluded on August 10.

As part of the operation, 161 people have been arrested on 184 felony charges and 158 misdemeanor charges, 14 handguns have been recovered, and 1011 traffic stops have been made.

Authorities also seized more than 12 pounds of marijuana, 106.1 grams of cocaine, 28.4 grams of MDMA, 66 grams of Methamphetamine, 212.48 grams of Flakka, 31.3 grams of bath salts and 7.25 grams of other types of illegal drugs.

"The initiative contributed to quick arrests and resolutions such as the shooting homicide on South Adams Street and the abduction case on McKeithen St. In the abduction, the victim was successfully liberated during the arrest of the suspect," police wrote in a press release.

Part of the operation included high visibility patrols, traffic stops and surveillance of locations throughout the city which have been prone to criminal activity. TPD says the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (SPIDER Unit, Aviation Unit, and K9 Team) were instrumental to the success of the operation.

Operation Safe Summer was a team effort between TPD’s Violent Crimes Response Teams (VCRT), Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Squads, K9 Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, and the Special Investigations Section, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Florida State Police Department.

Officers say they will continue to saturate areas of the city statistically shown to be more prone to criminal activity.