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DISARM nets weapons, drugs and arrests in September

Ten percent of probationers found to be out of compliance

Posted: October 29, 2010 11:36 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 10:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- During the month of September, DISARM officers confiscated 109 weapons, including 34 handguns, four assault rifles, and 21 rifles/shotguns, $17.5 million in illegal drugs, and arrested 207 probationers during 1,660 unannounced searches of residences, persons, vehicles, and businesses, according to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The searches were conducted through the Probation Department's DISARM (Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management) program, initiated by Supervisor Antonovich following the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal worker by Buford Furrow, an armed felon on probation from Washington State.

The DISARM program entails pairing Deputy Probation Officers with local law enforcement personnel to perform unannounced searches of probationers and their homes as a condition of probation, and targets the confiscation of guns, drugs and other contraband.

Since its implementation in February 2000, the DISARM program has seized more than 6,500 weapons, $188 million in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 13,000 arrests.

Ten percent of probationers searched in this program have been found to be out of compliance with their terms of probation.


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