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Nassau County Sheriff's Office concludes Operation Dry Spring

Deputies cracked down on minors using alcohol, tobacco, drugs

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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Sheriffs Task Force just finished a five-week operation aimed at protecting Florida's youth.

Operation Dry Spring 2015 focused on preventing minors from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic drugs. The operation was timed to coincide with spring break season, when many kids experiment with drugs and alcohol.

From March 16 to April 12, Nassau County sheriff's deputies targeted juveniles in possession of alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs as well as businesses selling to minors, which resulted in 12 arrests.

"Through Operation Dry Spring, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Sheriffs Task Force addressed an important issue in our state; the safety of our youth," said Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.

Officers with the sheriff's office conducted random, undercover business checks and made random checks into spring break activities.

"This initiative sends a clear message that we are committed to the well-being of our children – our most precious resource," Leeper said.

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs' Offices to address specific areas of concern and is the point of contact for statewide initiatives.