Spring Breakers Flock to Florida: Police Arrest 160, Find Dozens of Guns

Over 160 people were booked into county jail and Florida's Panama City Beach Police confiscated 75 guns, according to reports, as this year's Spring Break came to an end.

These arrests and gun confiscations came after Miami Beach declared a state of emergency following shootings in the area.

Among the orders made as a response to violence was a citywide curfew, which began at 12:01 a.m. on March 24 and ended at 6 a.m. on March 28.

"We can't endure this anymore, we just simply cannot have people come to our city and have to worry about being shot. That's not a way a city can operate," Mayor Dan Gelber said, regarding the fears around spring break violence.

Following the end of the curfew, law enforcement reflected on the last few days.

The Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said 161 people were booked into the country jail during, in what he called a "difficult, trying and dangerous weekend."

He also said 75 guns had been confiscated and showed them spread out on a table during a news conference, according to a Associated Press report.

"Each one of these 75 illegal firearms represents a violent armed encounter with law enforcement," Ford said.

"This weekend could have very well resulted in tragedy of a law enforcement loss of life, a citizen's loss of life, and even a bad guy's loss of life."

The Panama City Police Department Chief, Mark Smith, echoed these comments and highlighted the work of the police combating crime. The Panama City Police Department Facebook page posted his message on Monday.

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"This past weekend, things in our city and county became more difficult. An undesirable criminal element descended on our city and county, disguised as spring breakers," Smith said.

"We stood alongside the fine men and women of those agencies, as the Panama City Police Department once again provided mutual aid to the beach.

"At the same time, we operated as professionals to protect citizens, visitors and property inside our city limits.

"Our officers responded throughout the city, handling each incident with professionalism and solid police work."

The statement closed with a message to lawbreakers who attempt to commit crimes in the community.

"To those individuals that think they can come to our city and break the law, we will be waiting for you with the promise to be professional and intolerant, and you will be held accountable for your actions.

"To those individuals that live and visit our city, we encourage you to continue to be a part of the premier city in the Panhandle and all it has to offer. Enjoy our city in a peaceful and respectful manner, and we thank you and wish you all the best."

Newsweek has contacted the Panama City Police Department for comment.

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A selection of guns that were recovered by the Panama City Police Department. After Spring breakers flock to Florida police arrest 160 and find dozens of guns. Panama City Police Department