Sheriff’s Office Continues to Take Guns Off the Streets

Gun Taken Off the Street

Gun Taken Off the Street


St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announces that another gun was taken out of the hands of a convicted felon today with the arrest of Ericst Ricks, 26.

Undercover narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 3000 block of Avenue J in Fort Pierce, said Sheriff Mascara. On the floor of the vehicle was a loaded revolver that was recently reported stolen, he said. According to Mascara, they also found marijuana.

Mascara said Ricks, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of narcotics under 20 grams and driving with a suspended license.

According to Mascara, Ricks is a known 13th Street Gang member and has a long arrest history including attempted first degree murder.

“The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office does not tolerate guns in the hands of convicted felons and today’s arrest is the fourth that has taken a gun off the streets since the start of this year,” Mascara said.

The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.

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