Weapons, Drugs Confiscated By DISARM Deputies
More than 100 probation violators arrested during monthy sweep.
During the month of May, D.I.S.A.R.M officers confiscated 114 weapons -- including 52 handguns and 27 rifles/shotguns, over $7 million in illegal drugs, and arrested 116 probationers during 1,818 unannounced searches of residences, persons, vehicles, and businesses.
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 4,172 weapons and more than 296 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 9,339 arrests. 20% of probationers in this program have been out of compliance with their terms of probation.