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Jackson area police surge nets drugs and guns

Posted: 3:38 PM, Aug 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 19:38:26Z
Jackson County police hit the streets
Jackson County police hit the streets

On Thursday night, police in Jackson County hit the streets making arrests and seizing drugs and weapons.

The effort was coordinated by the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The agencies that took part were the Jackson Police, the Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police.

The idea was to make several stops in areas of the city that are prone to violence. The stops took place from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and included traffic stops as well as some raids.

During about 60 traffic stops, there was one felony arrest and 3 misdemeanor arrests, including locating one handgun and some heroin.

The team obtained search warrants for 4 houses that were historically known for drugs. Two of the homes were on Morrell Street, one on Union Street and another in Reed Manor, which is the housing complex on Steward Avenue.

They located 5 guns and 2 handguns that were stolen. "They were not registered and believed to be used for illicit purposes," said Lt. Derrick White of the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Along with the guns, they gathered 30 grams of crystal meth, 11 grams of heroin, and 12 grams of crack cocaine.

The stops were primarily on the south side of Jackson, south of downtown. The officers say that prior to the busts, there had been a rash of shootings over the summer months and an uptick in narcotics trafficking.

White called the movement a "surge." He said more than 20 officers were involved and that it was a success.