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Release Number: 12-504
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- December 18, 2012
- Contact Person:
- Samara Sodos : firstname.lastname@example.org
“Operation Grinch Stop”
Dozens of arrests, weapons seized, meth labs discovered in "Operation Grinch Stop".
- December 1, 2012
- Time: 12:00 AM
- Plant City/Dover Area
- Hillsborough County
“Operation Grinch Stop”:
Concerned with the possibility of an uptick in crime during the holidays, investigators in eastern Hillsborough County are spending the week checking up on career criminals. After a week-long operation to target career criminals during the holiday season, the following arrests and charges were made during HCSO's "Operation Grinch Stop". The event focused on the county's east side in the Plant City/Dover area - deputies in District II conducted the operation from December 10-16th.
Deputies arrested 31 suspects on 40 charges including violation of probation, failure to appear, narcotics, grand theft, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, robbery, and weapon offenses.
During the operation, deputies came across two methamphetamine home labs. Charges resulted from those discoveries.
Deputies contacted more than 100 offenders. These consisted of street level contacts and probation/curfew checks. Of the 100 plus contacts, 25 were gang members. Eight violation of probation charges were filed with State Attorney's Office.
Deputies recovered five firearms during the operation. Four were handguns, one was a shotgun.