Jackson County drug task force in disarray

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point, Pascagoula and Gautier are no longer part of the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force.  And that news isn't sitting well with Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

"The decision to dissolve their participation in the task force," the sheriff said in a news release, "is divisive and does not promote teamwork among the agencies."

The sheriff noted the task force has been an effective drug fighting unit.

Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis didn't want to debate that statement.  He did tell WLOX.com his city's decision to end its relationship with the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force was based on public safety.  "I felt like it was in the best interest to go in a different direction," Davis said.

Chief Davis says his department will work with Gautier and Pascagoula to create their own task force.  "We are partnering together and utilizing existing funds from the existing task force," Chief Davis said told WLOX.com.  "We're going to create our own task force, and we're going to work together."

Davis said an interlocal agreement is being drafted, so the three cities can form their own drug fighting partnership.

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