FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – When residents of a Franklin Park community near Fort Lauderdale complained about gang-related drug activity in their neighborhood, Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives launched an investigation into what turned out to be a successful example of “if you see something, say something.”
Around 9 a.m. this morning, Sept. 19, Broward County detectives served search warrants at four homes along Northwest 9th Court near Northwest 25th Avenue in Unincorporated Broward County. Detectives arrested six individuals and seized approximately $5,000 worth of narcotics, including crack cocaine, oxycodone, MDMA and cannabis, in addition to roughly $2,000 in cash. Three firearms were also recovered, including at 9 mm Smith and Wesson which was previously reported stolen.
Most of the suspects will face charges for the sale and distribution of narcotics. One of the suspects was arrested on an outstanding warrant for petit theft. Other charges may be pending as the investigation continues.
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The month-long investigation was a combined effort between Broward Sheriff’s Office Gang Investigations Unit, the Violence Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (VIPER) team and the Central Broward District Crime Suppression Team with support from the Quick Response Force, Canine Unit, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team and the Pompano Beach District Crime Suppression Team.
Information on criminal activity is vital in BSO efforts to keep communities safe. Report suspicious activity to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for up to $3,000.