Beginning in May 2018, Detectives assigned to the Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics Unit along with East Neighborhood Team Leaders conducted an extensive investigation into the sale of illicit narcotics within the Liberia neighborhood. The investigation was a coordinated effort involving the assistance of agents from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau (ATF).
Numerous complaints regarding an increase in violent crime and street-level narcotics sales were received from multiple sources to include residents, confidential informants, Hollywood Police patrol officers, and other local law enforcement. During the five-month investigation, narcotics including cocaine and heroin were purchased from numerous dealers operating in/or living within the area.
Individuals identified during the investigation had extensive and violent criminal histories to include attempted murder, armed robbery, and narcotics offenses. Arrest warrants were obtained for
all of the identified offenders. Bonds set by the Judge ranged from $25,000 to 1.3 million dollars.
During the week of October 22, 2018, the arrest phase of the operation began in a unified effort with neighboring Local and Federal Law Enforcement partners. Members of the Hollywood Police Department’s Neighborhood Team Leaders, Street Crimes Unit and SWAT, along with the Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms Bureau (ATF), Customs and Border Patrol, Homeland Security’s Violent Gang Task Force, BSO Dania Beach Special Enforcement Team and the Broward County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF) combined their resources in an effort to locate and apprehend the identified drug offenders.
The operation resulted in the arrest of eighteen (18) offenders to date. Additional arrests are pending. The investigation is ongoing.