|Press Release 4-26-13|
"It doesn't get much better than this," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone stated, speaking of "Operation Strike Force," which began Monday, April21, 2013 and ended Thursday night at midnight. This is the ninth consecutive year of a week long, around the clock and focused enforcement of traffic laws along I-95 and I-20 in Florence and Darlington Counties. Along with Florence County Sheriffs Office, twenty one (21) other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies with over one hundred and thirty (130) officers participated.
During the Operation, approximately 1300 traffic stops were made for moving violations. Over seventy-nine (79) pounds of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin was seized. Approximately seventy-five pounds of marijuana was from one stop. In addition, illegal prescription medication was also seized. Deputies estimate the total street value of drugs seized is in the approximate amount of
$323,000.00. Total illegal currency seized was in the amount of$76,459.00.
Traffic stops resulted in 29 arrests, 8 of which were for felonies. Four (4) illegal weapons charges were made. Two hundred forty nine (249) vehicles were searched, and one hundred ten (110) were the result of K-9 alerts. Ten (10) open container violations, Twenty three (23) and two (2) driving under the influence charges were made. A total of Sixty-four (64) criminal cases were made.
"For the ninth year in a row, we are proud and grateful that we have not had a single injury to our officers, the public or suspects during this operation," Sheriff Boone stated. "The ultimate goal of Operation Strike Force is to reduce accidents in the high traffic corridors around Florence County. Incidents of speeding are reduced and the vast majority of stops result in warning tickets."
"We would not be able to conduct successful operations like Strike Force without the combined effort of likeminded aggressive law enforcement agencies participating with us this week. No one agency can focus on the traffic violations or the drug interdiction as we have been able to do this week. We want to send the message that we will do everything we can to stop drugs from coming into Florence County," Sheriff Boone stated. "We also wish to express our sincere appreciation to those agencies which have participated with us, as well as for the great support of local businesses and individuals who have donated their time, money and food to these officers. Without them, this operation would not be possible."