Joint law enforcement initiative leads to multiple arrests and drug seizures

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BILOXI, Mississippi (WLOX) — Governor Tate Reeves traveled to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday to announce the results of the deployment of the Mobile Law Enforcement Team.

If you recall, the unit was deployed in May and law enforcement recovered a large quantity of illegal substances.

The seizure of these narcotics left many people behind bars.

A joint effort between state, local, and federal agencies has led to a crackdown on illegal activity in Magnolia State.

Reeves said the goal is to end drug-related crime, human trafficking and existing criminal enterprises across the state, in hopes of improving the quality of life for citizens.

“5,574,” Reeves said.

This is the number he read aloud describing the fentanyl dosage units recovered from the Mobile Fraud Team.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics conducted this operation.

Efforts that began in Jackson have now impacted the Gulf Coast. The MET collected a fair amount of narcotics during the operation.

“3.5 ounces of heroin, 16 grams of cocaine and crack powder, about 50 unit doses of LSD and five ounces of magic mushrooms,” Reeves said.

Reeves said fentanyl is the leading cause of drug overdoses in Mississippi, and it will take a lot of effort to keep the addictive substance away from unsuspecting citizens.

“People who are parents don’t care. They keep putting it in these unsuspecting, and in many cases adding other drugs, and it results in many deaths, and many people in our state have lost friends and family to overdoses of fentanyl. We have to do everything we can to get it off the streets,” Reeves said.

How do they plan to achieve their goal? It’s simple: accumulate more resources.

“We need to improve the relationship with state law enforcement and local law enforcement with these guys behind me and others. We’re doing our part and being a team. This team leads to more arrests and puts the bad guys behind bars,” the governor said.

We will need the help of several agencies.

“We will use the funding. We will use the additional work force provided to us with Governor Reeves and Commissioner Tindell, working with the Legislature to do this effectively,” said Col. Steve Maxwell of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell said the mission to heal Magnolia State would not stop at the Gulf Coast.

“We want to travel to other parts of the state with the Mobile Fraud Team organized by the Narcotics Bureau. We will continue to assist local law enforcement across the state to help make our streets safer and our neighborhoods better,” Tindell said.

Reeves also added that during the operation two human traffickers were arrested.

One trafficker was a US citizen and one was an undocumented immigrant. They were arrested while trying to smuggle nine immigrants into the country.

Both traffickers are being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.

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