DISARM Sweep Nets $1 Million In Drugs
Success continues with program.
On May 10, 2007, D.I.S.A.R.M officers paired with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Community Oriented Multi-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (COMNET) recovered 1,448 lbs of marijuana and one ounce of methamphetamine during a warrant search of a probationer’s household in Huntington Park, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Officers arrested three individuals at the location, and two children where placed in the protective custody of the Department of Social Services. The marijuana is estimated to have a street value of nearly $1 million.
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 3,086 weapons and more than 47 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 7,430 arrests. 40% of probationers in this program have been out of compliance with their terms of probation.