Published: Oct 25, 2012 3:07 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 5:57 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron Thursday afternoon announced results of the CCSO’s partnership with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and its Florida Sheriffs Task Force(FSTF) initiative to remove felons from Florida’s streets. “Operation: Felon Sweep” focused on removing violent felons, felons with outstanding warrants, and sexual offenders and predators from our communities. Sheriff Cameron attended the FSA announcement in Winter Haven at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for the state-wide announcement. CCSO Sheriff-Elect Bill Prummell made the formal presentation in Punta Gorda announcing results of the 25-day felon round up in Charlotte County.

Sheriff Cameron said, “The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was proud to participate in the Florida Sheriff’s Felon Sweep statewide operation. We put extra officers on the street to round up wanted felons for this operation which resulted in many wanted felons going to jail where they belong. The Sheriffs of Florida work hand in hand throughout the state to ensure that Florida is as safe as it can be. Our roundup began on Sep. 28 and concluded Oct. 22 with the arrest of 293 individualson a total of 555 charges. Many of the 404 total felony charges were drug relatedfrom previous CCSO Narcotics Unit detectives undercover drug buys.”

The breakdown of the 555 charges in Charlotte County resulted in 404 total felony charges; 151 accompanying misdemeanor charges to the felony warrants; 12 for Aggravated Battery; seven for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer; five each for felony Domestic Violence, and all other felony Battery; three each for Armed Robbery/Home Invasion/Carjacking, and Forcible Sex; two each for Child Abuse, and firearm related arrest; and one each for Kidnap/False Imprisonment, and other felony charge.

Seized during the 25-day arrest round up operationwere two firearms, 129.45 grams of marijuana; 34 grams of Cocaine/Crack; four grams Methamphetamine; and 340.5 prescription pills. (This does not include quantities of the many drugs purchased in previous undercover operations that resulted in warrants being issued). CCSO deputies also made 98 sex offender checks with five arrests.

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force (FSTF) is proud to have coordinated this effort to make Florida’s streets a safer place for its citizens. This operation combined efforts from 44 Sheriff’s Offices and focused on removing violent felons and felons with outstanding warrants off the streets.

The FSTF pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs’ Offices to address specific areas of concern. Past task forces have dealt with issues such as cyber sexual predators, prescription drug abuse and “deadbeat dads.” The FSTF also is the point of contact for statewide initiatives, including helping to staff the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating Sheriffs' offices responding to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters.