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137 Firearms Seized Broward County's Operation Bullseye

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said they seized 137 firearms this year as part of Operation Bullseye



    Targeting illegally-owned guns, the Broward Sheriff s Office announced Thursday they ve confiscated 137 firearms in 2012 under Operation Bulleye II. Sheriff Al Lamberti spoke about the importance of the seizure. (Published Thursday, June 7, 2012)

    Targeting illegally-owned guns, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday they’ve confiscated 137 firearms in 2012 under Operation Bulleye II.

    “The guns by themselves aren’t dangerous,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said in a press release. “But when they are in the hands of convicted felons, it’s a different story. BSO will not let up on firearms violators. I am proud of the hard work of everyone involved in Operation Bullseye II.”

    To read a story about a man accused of smuggling guns to Haiti, click here.

    Operation Bullseye was launched as part of a countywide initiative to remove illegally possessed weapons and prevent crimes, officials said.

    The sheriff’s office said 31 firearms violators were arrested and 30 illegally-owned guns were confiscated from March to May of this year.

    "Twenty percent of the criminals commit 80 percent of the crimes," Lamberti said, adding, "If you can focus on them, you can have an impact on 80 percent of the crime."

    That’s why they target felons like Tony Velez, who police said had a shotgun and a Glock that turned out to be the murder weapon in another case. Lamberti held up the Glock at a news conference.

    TSA Agents Fired Gun in Hotel Ruckus: Cops

    [MI] TSA Agents Fired Gun in Hotel Ruckus: Cops
    A pair of South Florida TSA agents are facing criminal mischief charges after police say they went on a drunken rampage inside a Miami Beach hotel room, throwing several pieces of furniture out a window and wildly firing a handgun into the air and through the window of a nearby business. Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Puccio, 25, are both charged with criminal mischief and using a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the Tuesday night incident at the Shelby Hotel at 844 Collins Avenue, according to a Miami Beach Police report. Both Piccolella, of West Palm Beach, and Puccio, of Delray Beach, were being held on $5,500 bond. It was unknown whether they have attorneys.
    (Published Wednesday, March 28, 2012)

    “So here he is, he’s out on bond on another charge, served a search warrant at his house, and they found two loaded weapons,” Lamberti said.

    Officials urged the public to use Crime Stoppers. A tip about an illegal gun can save a life, the sheriff said.

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    Jose Luis Duarte Borrero, 31, is wanted in the shooting that happened just before 3 a.m. at the home in the 14900 block of Southwest 59th Street, Miami-Dade Police said. Police say Duarte Borrero and 27-year-old Yissel Milanes, who live together in the home, entered a bedroom during a party and a gunshot was heard. After that "the guests attempted to leave the residence in their vehicles, and that's when Duarte came out with the firearm and carjacked" one of them, fleeing in his white SUV toward Hialeah, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said. Milanes was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center where she is in critical condition, police said.
    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012)

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