This past weekend, the Department of Public Safety along with federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted an operation on an unprecedented scale in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi.
“In my 30-plus years with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, this is the first time we have conducted an operation on this scale,” Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz said. “Recently crime has become a major problem in Jefferson Davis County and has become a considerable issue to the law-abiding citizens in the area. Our objective is to restore a sense of law and order in the county and ease public safety concerns.”
More than 75 law enforcement officers from 10 federal, state and local agencies participated in a two-day saturation of Jefferson Davis County. As a result, six people were arrested who had out-standing warrants, nine felony drug arrests, six misdemeanor drug arrests, one federal gun charge, 19 DUI arrests, 257 traffic citations and $9,500 dollars was seized.
“This weekend’s activity is only the beginning,” MHP Uniformed Division Director Lt. Colonel Mike Holmes said. “We, along with our partnering law enforcement entities, are committed to using the resources necessary to establish a safe environment in the community. The success of the operation shows what can be accomplished through a unified effort of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ease uncertainty about crime among the residents of Jefferson Davis and the surrounding counties.”
Agencies involved in the efforts June 22nd and 23rd include the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshal’s Service, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney of Mississippi’s 15th Circuit Court District and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.