Local and state law enforcement officers came together to decrease crime, remove impaired drivers, arrest drug violators and conduct compliance checks in Itawamba County on Thursday, April 24th.
More than 70 officers from Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Southhaven K-9 team and the MHP Motor Carrier division conducted 24 safety checkpoints, made 10 compliance checks on local sex offenders and probation/parole individuals and served arrest warrants.
“We wanted to conduct an operation such as this to help keep our citizens safer in their communities,” said Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson. “Working together, we were able to maintain the man power necessary to conduct these home inspections of sex offenders and probation/parole individuals.”
During the 5 hour operation, more than 31 arrests were made and 228 traffic citations issued. The 31 people arrested included 12 impaired drivers, two felony warrant arrest, one sex offender not in compliance, five misdemeanor drug arrests, two felony drug arrests and nine misdemeanor arrest for traffic violations.
Additionally, two men were arrested for a rolling meth lab, in which a lab was found in a vehicle along with a felony amount of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” and other drugs.
Captain Chad Moore, commander of Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop F, which covers Itawamba County, said the operation was a show of solidarity among the various law enforcement agencies in the area.
“We are all dedicated to the citizens of this state and to making sure our roadways are safe to travel,” Moore said. “One of our duties is to work with local agencies in helping reduce crime and assisting with making sure our roads are safer to travel. This was a very successful operation with the results that was produced by the officers hard work.”
News Coordinator Adam Armour contributed to this story.