Previewed in today's Herald, top law enforcement officials from across Miami-Dade gathered today to announce the results of Operation Gang Busters. For the past three months, authorities have served 153 warrants, notched 163 arrests, seized 17 guns, $27,000 and some 2,5000 grams of coke and marijuana.
"Tonight, the streets of Miami and Miami-Dade County are much safer," said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.
The operation was localized in Little Haiti, which has been hard by drug gang violence during the past couple years. Gang Busters was run by Miami police and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Gang Strike Force, with assists from agencies such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, North Miami, Miami-Dade and schools police.
Main speaker was Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Among those on hand for the presser: Schools Police Chief Gerald Darling, Miami-Dade Charles E. Nanney, of the narcotics bureau, FDLE supervisor John Vecchio, North Miami Councilman Jacques Despinosse and North Miami Assistant Chief Clint Shannon. Rundle, flanked by gang prosecutor Ed Tapanes, praised Miami Deputy Chief Frank Fernandez and fellow Miami officers.
"They really helped lead this multi-agency approach," Rundle said.