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Hillsborough Sheriff to stop ICE holds of undocumented immigrants listen

09/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: immigration, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Raices en Tampa, Marisol Marquez, Catherine Lim, WMNF News, Seán Kinane


According to an Associated Press analysis of Homeland Security Department data, the agency is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007.

But even immigrants who are not destined to be immediately deported are often detained by local law enforcement departments. But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is changing its policy and will no longer detain immigrants being investigated for deportation.

It’s an issue that has been brought to the forefront by a ...

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Hillsborough County opens four boxes to dump your old drugs listen

10/25/13 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: prescription, drugs, pill mills, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, drug take-back


Seven people die everyday in Florida from prescription drug overdoses. One way to reduce the availability of addictive drugs is for there to be a safe, easy way to dispose of unneeded prescription medicine. To that end, law enforcement departments are holding drug take-back events throughout the Tampa Bay area Saturday. In addition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office has set up four permanent drug take-back boxes where people can make sure their old pills don’t wind up in the wrong han...

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Hillsborough County Sheriff wants to buy your guns listen

02/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Update: hundreds of firearms have been turned in including two rocket launchers.

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As gun control debates continue to heat up throughout the country, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will be buying back unwanted guns this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They'll give people $75 and tickets to a Rays game and a Lightning game. All of the firearms and ammun...

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Hillsborough trash haulers are deputies' new set of eyes listen

07/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with their trash haulers to beef up community surveillance along their routes. Today, drivers in the county took a class to learn what red flags to look for and what to do if something seems out of place. Larry McKinnon, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s office said it’s a little like neighborhood crime watch programs.

“When you have individuals that drive that same route every single day, they’re in that neighborhood every...

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