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Operation targets drugs, crime

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Rocky Mount police raided homes, served search warrants, set up a roadblock and made arrests during multiple enforcement operations over the weekend as part of Operation Hammer Time.

“It is amazing what can be accomplished when the resources are there and agencies work together,” said Rocky Mount Police Chief George Robinson. “I just want to say thank you to all of the officers for their hard work and dedication who participated in this operation and made it such a great success.”

During the operation, officers focused on disrupting the illegal sales of controlled substances while at the same time deterring acts of violence and crime within the city limits, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin, public information officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

"Officers conducted raids on suspected drug locations, made personal contacts with citizens and increased patrols throughout the city," Summerlin said.

The joint operation also entailed a traffic checking station in conjunction with the state Forensic Test for Alcohol Branch.

"The ultimate goal of this enforcement effort was to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths that are associated with impaired driving offenses," Summerlin said. "The Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing Unit that was provided allows defendants to be tested and processed on location providing effective service and greater efficiency."

Totals for the one-day operation were:

■ Narcotics Seizures of 114.10 grams of marijuana, 30.9 grams of cocaine and four dosage units of Ecstasy.

■ Weapons Seizures of two Charter Arms .38 Special and Intratec 9mm with an extended clip with 34 rounds.

■ Search warrants executed at 1704 Leggett Road and 1552 Springbrook Drive. Four field interview cards were completed, 27 warrants were served and 39 citations were issued.

Arrests were made as a result of traffic stops, service of search warrants, field contacts, case investigations and through the service of outstanding warrants. Charges included driving while impaired, reckless driving, marijuana possession, open alcohol container, no operator license, driving while license revoked and possession of MDMA.

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