Drug-enforcement agreement approved for Jackson County, Gautier, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula

mbbaker@sunherald.comJuly 10, 2014 

JACKSON COUNTY -- The Attorney General's Office has approved the agreement between Jackson County and Ocean Springs, Gautier, Moss Point and Pascagoula allowing the law enforcement agencies to start working together on drug cases again as part of the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team, the group announced Thursday.

"It's definitely a plus for the community and the county to combat the drug situation," said Cmdr. Keith Havard. "Now, everybody can pull their resources together and go back to working together."

The sheriff's Narcotics Task Force was dismantled after a shooting at the task force office in July 2012 went unreported. Gautier, Moss Point and Pascagoula later formed the team, but Ocean Springs did not join.

The new agreement has been filed in the Chancery Clerk's Office.

"Joining MET shows our efforts to work transparently with the municipal police agencies," said Sheriff Charles Britt. "We are looking forward to having a unified drug enforcement team for the entire county to combat illegal drug activity."

District Attorney Tony Lawrence added, "The Metro Task Force has been doing an outstanding job thus far and I am proud that the local agencies will continue to work together to investigate and prosecute drug crimes in our community."

To report information about drug activity in Jackson County, call 769-3302.

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