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Vacation homes being used to throw huge parties, deputies say

Vacation homes are being used to throw massive parties in Osceola County with hundreds of people in attendance.Investigators say it’s an ongoing problem in the county. There have been 15 people arrested, two guns seized and 180 traffic stops made. It is all part of an ongoing promise from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. “The last few weeks we’ve seen an increase in parties,” Maj. Jacob Ruiz said.For months, Osceola sheriff’s deputies have been conducting what they call saturation patrols. The goal has been to stop massive house parties which have been thrown in short-term rental homes that would in any other time be used by families visiting Central Florida theme parks. Investigators say not only do these pose a threat for the spread of COVID-19 but they’ve also become violent.Deputies say they’ve investigated multiple shootings and one murder after previous parties got out of control. This past weekend, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s Intelligence Unit identified two large parties and several other smaller ones which deputies then stopped. “We try to intercept it. They have chat groups or media groups on social media where they share this information and they try to restrict law enforcement from them, but we try to be as proactive as possible,” Ruiz said.The charges among the arrested range from DUI to drug sales. Sheriff’s investigators say these parties are a public safety threat and they will keep working to stop them for however long the people behind them keep trying to put them on.

Vacation homes are being used to throw massive parties in Osceola County with hundreds of people in attendance.

Investigators say it’s an ongoing problem in the county.

There have been 15 people arrested, two guns seized and 180 traffic stops made.

It is all part of an ongoing promise from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

“The last few weeks we’ve seen an increase in parties,” Maj. Jacob Ruiz said.

For months, Osceola sheriff’s deputies have been conducting what they call saturation patrols.

The goal has been to stop massive house parties which have been thrown in short-term rental homes that would in any other time be used by families visiting Central Florida theme parks.

Investigators say not only do these pose a threat for the spread of COVID-19 but they’ve also become violent.

Deputies say they’ve investigated multiple shootings and one murder after previous parties got out of control.

This past weekend, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s Intelligence Unit identified two large parties and several other smaller ones which deputies then stopped.

“We try to intercept it. They have chat groups or media groups on social media where they share this information and they try to restrict law enforcement from them, but we try to be as proactive as possible,” Ruiz said.

The charges among the arrested range from DUI to drug sales.

Sheriff’s investigators say these parties are a public safety threat and they will keep working to stop them for however long the people

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