$6 Million In Drugs Seized By County
Joint effort my police agencies yield big return in Lynwood.
On April 6th, 2007, D.I.S.A.R.M officers, paired with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol troopers arrested 36 individuals, confiscated 4 weapons, and 550 lbs of marijuana during a two night operation targeting gang members in and around the City of Lynwood , announced Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The marijuana was discovered in the home of a suspected gang member. Officers removed a false wall to discover 35 bricks of marijuana weighing 550lbs and with a street value of nearly 6 million dollars.
During the month of March, D.I.S.A.R.M officers confiscated 37 weapons including 79 rifles/shotguns, 16 handguns and $56,564 in illegal drugs were seized, and 176 probationers were arrested in 752 unannounced searches of residences, persons, vehicles, and businesses.
The Probation Department’s D.I.S.A.R.M. (Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management) program was initiated by Supervisor Antonovich. The program followed the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, and the murder of a postal worker by Buford Furrow, an armed felon on probation from Washington State .
The D.I.S.A.R.M program entails pairing Deputy Probation Officers with local law enforcement personnel to perform unannounced searches of probationers and their homes, as a condition of probation, and targets the confiscation of guns, drugs, and other contraband.
Since its implementation in February of 2000, the D.I.S.A.R.M. program has seized 2,429 weapons and more than 37 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 7,127 arrests. 40% of probationers in this program have been out of compliance with their terms of probation.