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BSO SHUTS DOWN “BARBERSHOP BOYZ” A total of 1569 arrests have been made since the inception of Operation S.T.A.R.T.

PIO Number: 01-12-36
Date: August 2001 – December 20, 2001
Place of Occurrence: see narrative

Victim(s):

  • 1. State of Florida
  • 2. people of Dania Beach

Suspect(s):

  • 1. Daniel Black, 9/2/59
  • 2. Alfred Johnson, 11/15/70
  • 3. Willie Jones, 11/27/76
  • 4. Anthony Prescott, 5/9/63
  • 5. Walter Williams 10/16/70
  • 6. Paul Douglas, 9/8/64
  • 7. Willie Holmes, 3/13/60
  • 8. Harold Spearman 5/21/48

Description of Incident:

In a continued effort to improve the quality of life of Broward residents, the Sheriff’s Targeted Anti-Crime Response Team (S.T.A.R.T.) has arrested 95 mid and street level drug dealers, prostitutes and “johns” in Dania Beach since last Friday, December 14th.

The most recent phase of Operation S.T.A.R.T. went into effect June 2001. Broward Sheriff's Office District 2 detectives developed information about a drug trafficking network dubbed the “Barbershop Boyz” by investigators because of its close proximity to a barbershop, located in the 600 block NW 1 Street in Dania Beach. This organization was involved in the regional distribution of crack cocaine to parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, and Pensacola, Florida. The group’s local distribution network included the Charlie Will Thomas (Modello) Park area of Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and unincorporated southeast Broward.

After obtaining arrests warrants, the BSO Strategic Investigations Division and District 2 detectives, in partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and County Probation arrested the following five mid-level drug dealers: Daniel Black; Alfred Johnson; Walter Williams; Willie Jones; and Anthony Prescott on various narcotic related charges.

During the course of the operation three other mid level drug dealers were arrested in Dania Beach. Harold Spearman, who was arrested on September 21st, is awaiting trial on federal drug violations. Paul Douglas was arrested on November 9th. Willie Holmes was arrested on September 3rd on homicide charges following a shooting incident at Chubb’s Lounge at 104 NW 5 Avenue in Dania Beach.

Since Sheriff Ken Jenne announced this new initiative, which is designed to take back Broward neighborhoods from drug dealers, in September of 2000, 648 narcotic and prostitution related arrests have been made in Dania Beach, 615 in Pompano Beach, and 306 in unincorporated Fort Lauderdale.

INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. Pollock, Dist. 2, Sgt. Joe Damiano, SID, Det. R. Miller, Dist. 2, Frank Shroyer, DEA FDLE, State & U.S. Attorney’s Offices
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO MEDIA NOTE: THOSE NEEDING AN INTERVIEW ON THE RECENT OPERATION S.T.A.R.T. ARREST, SHERIFF KEN JENNE WILL BE AVAILABLE TODAY AT 2:30 P.M.

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