76 arrested in undercover operation
During an undercover operation, Fort Lauderdale Police arrested 76 people wanted under various warrants. The operation, called Show Me the Money, was organized as a proactive approach to apprehend people who had warrants in Fort Lauderdale.
A current list of wanted people was obtained from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. A fictitious coalition was then established by the police department with the understanding that the person would be receiving a stimulus check. Letters were sent in the mail to several individuals, who were wanted. The arrestees were instructed to call an undercover phone line to make an appointment to claim their stimulus check. The individuals were then able to chose a date and time to receive their check at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Upon arrival at the War Memorial, the individual’s identity and letter was verified to confirm that they still had an active warrant. The suspects were then led to a secure area and were taken into custody with the assistance of uniformed officers.
As a result of this innovative operation, we received approximately 105 appointments. At the conclusion of the operation we were able to arrest 76 individuals, recover one firearm, and seize various narcotics. Some of the warrants include individuals wanted for 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Fraud, Possession Cocaine, Battery, and over 10 individuals who were wanted for failure to pay child support.
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