Operation Happy Holidays: Port St. Lucie police arrest 45 for prostitution, drugs, weapons
10:45 AM, Dec 19, 2013
9:57 PM, Dec 19, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.- Port St. Lucie police announced the results of the second annual Operation Happy Holidays on Thursday.
Special Investigators began the city-wide investigations on September 15 which lasted for nearly 3 months. The investigations focused on illegal drug activity, prostitution, and weapons violations.
As a result of the operation police, with the help of the DEA and FBI, conducted a prostitution sting, highway interdiction, and served several drug search warrants.
During the three month operation, detectives arrested 45 people with charges ranging from production of methamphetamine, trafficking heroin and/or methamphetamine, sale of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, cocaine, crack, possession with the intent to sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen fire arms, and prostitution.
Police say it's an effort to make neighborhoods safer by arresting potentially dangerous people.
"We're going to do everything we can to put you in jail. We're going to investigate you. Whether that takes a week, or a month or a year, we're going to do what we can to put you in jail because no body wants t live next to this, " said Port St. Lucie Special investigations Supervisor Charlie Lumpkin.
Police collected more than 200 pills, 25 pounds of marijuana, nearly $9,000, five guns, and four vehicles.
They also shut down one meth production house in Port St. Lucie and assisted with shutting down two in Martin County.
Police say many of the investigations stemmed from community tips.
"You know, not every complaint results in an arrest, but I would say 50-60 pe