Summer crime sweep results in from St. Lucie County

Posted at 10:52 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 10:52:17-04

The results are in from a 68-day sweep by a task force in St. Lucie County designed to curb crime and violence.

223 people were arrested, 14 guns were seized and 6.4 pounds of marijuana, 202 crack rocks, 31 grams of cocaine, 38 grams of heroin were confiscated, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and Fort Pierce Police Department, which worked together.

“The summer task force is an effective tactic used to sweep guns and drugs off the streets of St. Lucie County and help to deter crime during the months when teenagers are out of school and tempted to fall prey to gang activity and other criminal behavior,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said in a statement.

“It has been an unusually hot summer, yet we have not lost one citizen to gun violence,” added Chief Diane Hobley-Burney. “Our efforts to reach out to residents, combined with the excellent work of the task force, are making a difference in our community," she said in a statement.

Eight sheriff's deputies and four Fort Pierce police officers were assigned to the operation.