Named Operation Last Defense, the detail netted 32 arrests, including 16 felony arrest warrants served. The felony arrest warrants were mostly for drug violations.
"Our efforts were renewing to the fact when all of our agencies work together and assist each other we will see positive results. It was a very successful effort," said Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar.
A meth lab was also discovered as result of officers assisting Mississippi Department of Corrections with a home inspection.
"As law-enforcement officers, we are considered the last defense for public safety. We were able to defend our citizens by helping serve these felony drug arrest warrants and making sure our roads are safe for families to travel," said Captain Chad Moore, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop F commander.
Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey commented, "I would like to thank all the units that took part in the operation. Getting these drug violators off the street is one of our main priorities. I know these results will help lessen some of the crimes against our citizens and their personal property."
State troopers, deputies, police officers, and Prentiss County constables issued 170 traffic citations, including two DUIs and five misdemeanor drug arrests. While arrest teams were making felony arrests, other officers manned 24 safety checkpoints throughout the City of Booneville, City of Baldwyn and Prentiss County, during the five-hour operation.
Last Defense is the theory law enforcement officers stand in the gap between:
• a drug dealer and innocent people
• a drunk driver and motoring families
• a distracted/careless driver and the public
Operation Last Defense was executed after approximately three months of planning/preparing and included 60 officers from the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Corrections, North Mississippi Narcotics, Prentiss County Sheriff's Department, Booneville Police Department and the Prentiss County constables.