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Operation March Mayhem: Broward Agencies Arrest 301 And Seize Marijuana, Cocaine, Oxycodone, And Guns

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Broward streets should be a bit calmer for a while after "Operation March Mayhem," a major, two-day crackdown on street-level crime by Broward law enforcement.

Targeted towards drug dealers, prostitutes, and child pornographers, the crime sweep locked up 301 people overall.

In addition to the arrests, detectives seized 158 plants, 150 pounds of marijuana, over a thousand grams of cocaine, hundreds of Oxycodone pills, 7 firearms, and over $50,000, according to Broward Sheriff's Office spokesperson Dani Moschella.

Thursday, Metro Broward Drug Task Force raided a West Park grow house.

On Friday, the Drug Task Force raided at Lauderhill apartment, where three people jumped off a third-story balcony in order to evade arrest, according to a BSO release.

Residents of the apartment had sold drugs to undercover detectives several times, police say, leading to the arrest of 5 men, including Leo Cole, 29, pictured below.

The two-day operation required the cooperation of over 12 law enforcement agencies such as BSO, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Metro Broward Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, U.S. Postal Inspectors, U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Probation and Parole, as well as Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale, Lauderhill, Sunrise and Coral Springs police departments.

In total, 200 officers contributed to the crime crackdown.

“We joined forces with our law enforcement partners so the residents of Broward County can sleep soundly in their beds tonight knowing that street-level criminals are where they belong – in jail,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “I am proud of all of the participants for their hard work and dedication.”

Click below for a slideshow of images from "Operation March Mayhem."

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