reports that a six-month Broward Sheriff's Office operation aimed
at curtailing suspected drug activity in the Dania Beach area resulted
in 80 people arrested. Additionally, BSO has allegedly obtained surveillance
footage showing suspected drug sales to undercover deputies.
The sting was known as Operation Street Sweeper. Through this operation,
BSO sent undercover officers out to purchase drugs in suspected "drug
areas" of Dania Beach. The operation began in July of 2010 and recently
During the course of Operation Street Sweeper, BSO deputies seized 212
grams of crack and powder
pills, 132 grams of
pills, as well as thousands of dollars in cash, firearms, and vehicles
that were subject to forfeiture.
Stings like this one occur all of the time. In Broward, BSO conducts undercover
buy and "reverse buy" - where the officer poses as the drug
seller. In Miami-Dade, the Miami-Dade Police Department's TNT (Tactical
Narcotics Team) conducts these operations as well.
The problem with these sting operations, however, is that a person's
right to be free from
unlawful search and seizure
often becomes less important than "making the bust."
4th Amendment violations are common during these stings as officer focus
primarily on volume. That is, trying to rack up as many arrests as possible.
If you are suspected of being in possession of
amounts of drugs, you could be charged with crimes that carry mandatory
If you or a loved one happen to get caught up in a sting operation, don't
panic. Invoke your rights, don't speak to the police without first
consulting a criminal defense attorney, and prepare to fight your charges.
Prosecutors make be shoving plea bargains down your throat. That's
because it looks good for our elected State Attorneys to have high conviction
rates. A conviction doesn't have to come at trial. A conviction can
be an adjudication resulting from a guilty plea. But remember - a guilty
plea to a drug sale charge will result in your driver's license being
suspended for 2 years. It may also result in prison time and a lifelong
There may be issues in your case that can lead to the case itself being
dismissed. The fact that you were arrested and accused of a crime is not
enough to convict you. The law requires police to follow strict protocol
regarding the search and seizure of a person and their belongings. If
they fail to follow protocol, their error may greatly benefit you.
I am a criminal lawyer and former Miami-Dade prosecutor with experience
in representing clients charged with drug offenses.
today to discuss your case.