50 weapons confiscated, 238 arrests and $18 million in drugs seized in May
During the month of May, D.I.S.A.R.M officers confiscated 50 weapons -- including 23 handguns and 11 rifles/shotguns, arrested 238 probationers, and seized nearly $18 million in illegal drugs during 1,310 unannounced searches of residences, persons, vehicles, and businesses, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The searches were conducted through the Probation Department’s D.I.S.A.R.M. (Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management) program, initiated by Supervisor Antonovich following 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 3,113 weapons and more than 65 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 7,648 arrests. 25% of probationers in this program have been out of compliance with their terms of probation.