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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
April 19, 2012
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"PROJECT NEFARIOUS" Results in Four Arrests

Haines City, Florida—Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole officers Tuesday (April 17, 2012)  teamed with Homeland Security agents and local law enforcement as part of a national Homeland Security initiative designed to identify, target, arrest and prosecute gang members and associates affiliated with human smuggling / trafficking organizations (HSTO’s).

Contact was made with 13 known gang members in the Haines City area in Central Florida, which resulted in four arrests.

The goal of the initiative is to combat the national security and public safety threats posed by transnational street gangs conducting business on behalf of international HSTO’s throughout the United States.

Participating agencies included: Homeland Security, Haines City Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Haines City Probation and Parole officers.


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