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Operation Smoking Gun II

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Published on Jul 28, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael McAuliffe, Palm Beach County State Attorney, Hugo J. Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF), Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Neil DeSousa, Acting U.S. Marshal, U.S. Marshal's Service, Ric L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and G. Matthew Immler, Chief, Boynton Beach Police Department, along with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, announced today the results of Operation Smoking Gun II, a concerted multi-agency effort to combat the crime and violence associated with gang activity in Pam Beach County. The United States Attorney's Office and its federal and state law enforcement partners are committed to reducing gangs and gang-related violence. To this end, over the past year, the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal and state law enforcement have cooperated in a number of joint investigations and prosecutions, collectively called Operation Smoking Gun II, aimed at bringing the most violent of these criminal gangs and gang members to justice. During the investigation, federal and state law enforcement officials focused on two primary areas: trafficking and use of illegal firearms and narcotics offenses (including the unlawful sale of prescription drugs). The proactive investigation used undercover agents to purchase guns and drugs from violent and repeat offenders.




Of the 49 charged, 45 have been arrested and made their initial appearances in federal court this morning. Federal charges against the remaining 8 individuals remained sealed. In addition, approximately 45 defendants have been charged separately by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office with narcotics and firearm violations. Operation Smoking Gun II has yielded substantial results. Since its inception in June 2010, a total of 49 defendants have been charged with federal firearm and narcotics offenses. Of those charged federally, many were felons in possession of a firearm.

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