Submachine gun, date rape drug among items confiscated from probation servers


Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:04 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:04 a.m.

People serving probation in Florida in 2009 were hanging onto lots of things they should not have had in their possession, including an Uzi submachine gun, a half gallon of a date rape drug and gopher tortoises.

Facts

Items confiscated during planned searches in Circuit 8

7 adult videos

2 pellet guns

5 inch knife

1 shotgun

8 knives

6.3 grams of cocaine

208 marijuana seeds

30 shotgun shells

3 rifles

1 handgun

2 machetes

6 inch knife

38 bullets

4 BB guns

3 .45 caliber bullets

1 Flurazepan pill

3 inch knife

4 baggies of marijuana

1 small baggie of cocaine

5 800 mg ibuprofen

5 packets of cocaine

350 copperhead BB's

1 marijuana grinder

5 .38 caliber rounds

Whizzinator


Items confiscated during planned searches in Circuit 3

22 knives

1 shotgun

1 rifle

2 handguns

3 scopes

3 boxes of ammo

1 rock crack cocaine

2 bags of powder cocaine

2 small baggies of marijuana

3 crack pipes

1 bong

electronic scales

2 prohibited gopher turtles

Source: Florida Department of Corrections

The items were reported in an end-of-the-year summary by state probation officers working for the Florida Department of Corrections.

According to the department, officers conducted 256 sweeps statewide last year, leading to the arrests of 885 people who were violating the terms of their probation. Florida has about 118,000 people serving probation.

During the sweeps, officers found guns, ammunition, knives, drugs, dynamite, a homemade bomb, stolen credit cards and a machine to make credit cards.

In a prepared statement about the findings, Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil said removing the items from probationers' hands was a preemptive strike against crime.

“It's impossible to know how many crimes were averted as a result of these sweeps by our probation officers and local law enforcement agencies statewide, but we are confident that our communities are safer because of them,” said McNeil.

Probation officers notes some of the more unusual seizures, which included $3,000 worth of counterfeit Nike sneakers, the two gopher tortoises, and several Whizzinators which are devices that use dried urine to defeat some drug tests.

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