South Florida authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars, guns, drugs and even a Mercedes in a law enforcement operation that led to nearly 100 arrests.
"Operation Rundown" -- a daylong initiative that was months in the making --- took aim at drugs, prostitution, Internet crimes against children and DUIs. Authorities made 97 arrests -- 38 felony and 59 misdemeanor -- and seized three guns, $232,742 and one Mercedes, according to preliminary figures released by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Officials also seized prescription pills, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
In one operation, two undercover officers posing as Johns and prostitutes nabbed others allegedly looking to buy and sell sex in Pompano Beach. One woman charged with prostitution claimed to be buying legal tobacco, adding it was "nobody's business" why she entered a room with a man. When told selling sex was not illegal, she said "it ain't?"
The sting also led to the arrest of David Lee Jasinski, a man police say is a serial car burglar who admitted to stealing from hundreds of cars after he was arrested in a Coral Springs neighborhood. Attorney information for Jasinski was not immediately available Friday.
"David leaves his house everyday at the same time specifically targeting neighborhoods where he thinks... people will leave their cars unlocked," Detective Craig Brown, of the Broward Sheriff's Office, said.
Besides the arrests, drugs and drug money were also taken off the street, authorities said.