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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
August 25, 2010
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Ft. Lauderdale Probation Officers and Coral Springs Police arrest violent offender with guns, drugs during sweep

A sweep of the homes of 31 offenders on state probation in the Coral Springs community on Saturday, August 21, led to the arrest of three probationers, including one violent offender in possession of an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and drugs.

The sweep was conducted by probation officers from the Cypress and Lauderhill Probation Offices and the Coral Springs Police Department, including their Tactical, Gang and Community Policing Units.

Florida Department of Corrections Probation Officers Brian Lawson, Wendy Marr, Kari Young and Jeanne Fredette worked with the Coral Springs Community Policing Unit to conduct searches on offenders in a high crime area of the city. On one of those searches, Officers Marr and Lawson searched the residence of offender Charles Irving and discovered an AK 47 assault rifle, a Glock .40 caliber handgun with a loaded magazine and cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics.   Two other offenders were arrested for drug violations.

Charles Irving was on community supervision for attempted second degree murder and has a prior history on supervision and in prison dating back to 1988 which includes robbery, burglary, grand theft and cocaine possession.

“Once again, our probation officers, along with our law enforcement partners in the Coral Springs Police Department, have rid the streets of a potential threat to public safety,” said Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil.

The Department of Corrections probation officers and officers with the Coral Springs Police Department have formed a partnership to enhance the safety of the community and have worked together conducting three or four similar sweeps each year since 2005. Those annual sweeps have lead to the arrest of 76 offenders for violation of probation, and the removal of 15 firearms and large quantities of drugs removed from the streets. The Coral Springs Police Departments Tactical and gang unit and their Community Policing Unit also work in partnership with our Department to serve Violation of probation/parole warrants in a timely fashion.

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