'Operation Trident' Targets Crime in Leon County, Fifty Arrests

By: LCSO Release; Julie Montanaro Email
By: LCSO Release; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED May 10, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

A crackdown on street crime and corner drug sales resulted in 50 arrests in Leon County.

Two of them happened not even a stone's throw from an elementary school.

Undercover deputies say they pulled into an apartment complex on Shelfer Road and bought cocaine.

Court papers say Danny Hightower and Andrew Madry admitted they were planning to split the proceeds.

Deputies say those arrests happened within 100 feet of Oak Ridge Elementary School.

Those were just two of fifty people arrested in a two month long sting called "Operation Trident"

"This all started with citizen complaints. So we take those citizen complaints and we get some criminal intelligence in those neighborhoods. We take our assets in there, in this case undercover agents, uniformed patrol deputies and we look for crimes in progress," said LCSO Spokesman Tony Drzewiecki.

About half of those arrested are now facing drug charges. Deputies say there were multiple arrests in Tennessee Village, Tanglewood Estates and Sandstone Ranch.

Folks we talked to in Sandstone Ranch weren't surprised.

"Sometimes you have to clean up the neighborhood and make sure that all the neighborhood kids are safe and everything, so I mean I feel that's what they gotta do. So it's what they gotta do," resident Lorenzo Thompson said. He surmised that the economy is driving some folks to do illegal things just to make ends meet.

It's important to point out that not all 50 people were arrested on drug charges. Some were picked up on outstanding warrants and other charges.

The names, faces and charges of those arrested are posted below in an LCSO press release.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 10, 2012 -

Over the past several weeks, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Operation Trident” which targeted street level crime in Tallahassee/Leon County. Like the three pointed trident, this operation
used three methods to target crime; citizen complaints to target criminal activity, criminal intelligence to locate suspected crimes in progress, and undercover operations and increased uniformed patrols to apprehend suspected criminals. “Operation Trident” was initiated on February 15, 2012, and as of April 24, 2012 resulted in fifty (50) arrests. “Operation Trident” is on-going and updates will be provided in the future.

“The Leon County Sheriff’ Office recognizes the importance of listening and responding to citizen concerns about criminal activity in our community. In response to citizen complaints and criminal
intelligence, this operation was launched to get suspected criminals off our streets” said Sheriff Larry Campbell. “The success of Operation Trident is due to the continued support and community
involvement of the citizens of Leon County in providing their Sheriff’s Office with valuable information about criminal and suspicious activity.”

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  • by Davis Location: North Tallahassee on May 27, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    We need a department that is going to look for real criminals. I am tired of the Sheriff's department trying to look tough on time when the entire country knows that this is the 8th least safe to live. This is hurting our Universities and Jobs. Companies do not locate to crime capitals. We new new leadership.
  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
    Sheriff is an elected position, but there Sheriff is there to protect and serve, not to just keep getting re-elected. This is horrible. Lets ride through the neighborhood and grab every petty criminal sitting on the porch. Where is the real police work.
  • by Kerry Location: Leon County on May 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Our Sheriff has been showing the citizens of Leon County his motivation and way of thinking for 30 years. A picture is worth a thousand words. And 50 pictures are worth even more. %0,00 to be exact. This saddens me. It should sadden all descent people!
  • by Retired Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    I know why people are coming out of retirement to run for the office of Sheriff.I should run for Sheriff. Anyone could do a better job that the one we have. i feel bad for the people who put their lives at risk daily under such poor leadership.
  • by Sarah Location: North Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
    I don't know which is worse.... This sad bunch of law breakers, or a Sad Sheriff's department that spends its time looking for reoffenders who sit on their porch while lives are being lost, children are coming up missing, and banks are being robbed in broad daylight.
  • by Leonard Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    Forbes listed Tallahassee as the 8th most dangerous city to live in. That means these guys need to do better, much better. I will not vote for an elected Sheriff who only wants to work when there is an election around the corner.
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Only in an election year. This is one of the most disappointing election stunts that I have seen in my 50 years in Tallahassee. I hated to see Bobby go. But the time for my generation being in leadership is over, when this is the best we can do. Thanks for your years of service old friend. But it is time to step aside!
  • by America Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
    Sheriff's Department Operation Trident should have been called operation Good'Ole Boy in my opinion. 50 arrest, and only 4 were non-African Americans. Wait until the ACLU and NAACP see this story. Thanks WCTV for real reporting. This needs to be reviewed by the Justice Department. Bias like this must be stopped.
  • by Edward III Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
    I am so tired of the Leon County Sheriff's Department using its police powers to campaign. We want safe streets and a county we can live in. It is so sad that the current LCSO has allowed a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. It starts with leadership, or the lack of it.
  • by Realistic Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    King Larry is using these arrest to campaign for re-election as being tough on crime. You do not get to be the 8th least safe place to live by being tough on crime. What a waste, and I hope people see it for what it is. A very sad attempt to look like you do your job.
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