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Volusia County Sheriff's Office: Operation Summer Rain yields 22 arrests in Deltona
posted Jul 28, 2013 - 5:40:19pm
When a Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Friday afternoon in Deltona to talk to 37-year-old Jorge Colon, he quickly discovered that the nervous-acting, sweaty man was carrying a syringe in the left pocket of his shorts. While the man claimed he was a diabetic, the deputy was suspicious because Colon didn’t have any insulin on him.
The deputy’s suspicions were confirmed when the syringe tested positive for the presence of heroin, the Sheriff's Office reported. Colon, 37, a Deltona resident, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.
Less than 15 minutes later, a deputy pulled over 27-year-old Charles Gibson of Leesburg in what started out as a routine traffic stop along Howland Boulevard in Deltona. Gibson also ended up in jail on drug and resisting charges after 77 prescription pills, 9 grams of marijuana packaged in several separate plastic bags and a digital scale were seized.
Later that same night, deputies captured a violent felony offender who had fled from them in a traffic stop, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said.
These were no chance encounters, but rather part of a crime-suppression operation conducted by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office targeting crime and traffic enforcement in Deltona.
The operation kicked off at 2 p.m. on Friday and continued through midnight, with a number of deputies in both marked and unmarked vehicles saturating the Deltona community.
Dubbed Operation Summer Rain, the operation is designed to combat property crimes, illegal drugs and dangerous driving offenses, such as speeding, DUI, running traffic lights and stop signs and reckless driving.
Friday’s operation resulted in 22 arrests and the issuance of 110 traffic citations and seven criminal citations.
In one incident Friday night, a driver fled from a deputy trying to make a traffic stop in the vicinity of Howland Boulevard and Elkcam Boulevard . Instead of stopping, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed, driving recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic and cutting off several vehicles along the way, the Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies eventually got the vehicle stopped and made two arrests, including a violent felony offender (Kyron Foster, 26, Deltona), the Sheriff's Office reported, who’s on probation for aggravated assault and is now in jail with no bond because the charge Friday night for resisting an officer without violence resulted in a probation violation.
Another woman stopped by deputies -- Sarah Jackson, 31,, of Orange City -- was arrested after she was found to be in possession of 35 prescription pills that weren’t prescribed to her.
More operations are planned in the future.
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