South Florida has 280 less reasons to worry after a massive multi-agency bust in Broward County. Nearly three hundred street-level drug dealers, prostitutes, and convicted felons with firearms were arrested -- along with recently released Miami Dolphins player Igor Olshansky -- in an operation dubbed 'Operation Cold Turkey', a nod to Thanksgiving-timed drugs busts.
The Broward Sheriff's Office says the two-day sweep is their most successful crackdown to date. In addition to the hundreds of arrests, officers dismantled a grow house, recovered 15 weapons –- including a sawed-off shotgun and an AK-47 -– and seized vehicles, cash, and drugs, including over 2,000 Oxycodone pills.
Olshansky was found in his home, rolling a marijuana cigarette and in possession of a “clear baggie with approximately 19 grams of marijuana,” according to CBSMiami. The Ukrainian-born defensive tackle, a 7-year-NFL vet, was released by Miami earlier this week.
The impressive bust required teamwork between 200 officers from 17 different agencies from Metro Broward Drug Task Force to Homeland Security. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti said “By joining forces, law enforcement can do more to keep Broward County’s neighborhoods and law-abiding residents safe. This successful operation should send a message to criminals that if they are going to break the law, sooner or later, they will end up in handcuffs.”
Contrast that cooperation with Miami-Dade County, where agencies arrest each other, smear feces on each's patrol cars, and then throw a softball tournament to squash their beef. Hey Miami cops and Florida Highway Patrol troopers, less in-fighting, more crime-busting, please.