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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
October 26, 2010
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Law Enforcement Targets Offenders During Sweep: Nets Five Arrests

Front Row: Correctional Probation Officer Redic, Supervisor Johnson, Officer Bristol. Back Row: Officer Rountree, Officer Tolle andCorrectional Probation Specialist McCullough.

A strike team of law enforcement agencies from Hamilton and Lafayette counties, including Jasper state probation officers, made surprise face-to-face contact with 34 probationers on October 20, 2010, resulting in the arrests of five felons who had violated their probation/supervision. The sweep also resulted in the seizure of one loaded 40 caliber semi automatic handgun and bottled urine which may have been destined to fool drug testers. Probation officers from the Jasper Office joined forces with the Hamilton County Drug Task Force and the Lafayette County K-9 Unit in “Operation Parking Lot” to ensure supervised offenders were complying with the terms of their probation and not engaging in unlawful activities. The operation took place in the parking lot of the Jasper probation office located at 1632 US Hwy 41 NW.

In an effort to monitor and enforce probation supervision orders and to ensure protection to the public, 34 offenders were drug tested and any offender with search conditions on their orders had their vehicles searched. Only one of those tested positive for an illegal substance. In addition, three active warrants were served: one for Violation of Probation and two for new drug charges (served by the Drug Task Force). During the search of approximately eighteen vehicles, one handgun was discovered. The individuals on probation in that vehicle were arrested for violation of probation for having a firearm in their possession. Also discovered in the vehicle was the bottle of sample urine.

The Department would like to thank their fellow law enforcement officers with Lafayette County K-9 Unit Deputy Chad Keen, Drug Task Force Deputies Cecil Brownsfield, Marty Harper, Sgt. Tim McDaniel, Jeramie Cheshire, and Marvin Page for their participation in “Operation Parking Lot,” as well as the Hamilton county Drug Task Force. Department of Corrections participants included: Officer Crystal Redic, Supervisor Johnson, Officer Bristol, Officer Rountree, Officer Tolle and Specialist McCullough.

The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 1,930 probation officers to supervise more than 115,3300 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation officers’ duties include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court’s questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.

For more information, contact the Department of Corrections' Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.

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