Gautier cuts ties with Jackson Co. Narcotics Task Force - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gautier cuts ties with Jackson Co. Narcotics Task Force

Posted: Updated:
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Gautier will no longer work with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County to sweep drugs off the streets. Gautier is the third city to cut ties with the task force following the probe into a July shooting involving two agents. Gautier's city manager told Patrice Clark it was not an easy decision, but it had to be done. 

After some rocky months, Gautier felt it was time to end its relationship with Jackson County's drug team. City Manager Samantha Abell said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation's probe into a gun being fired at the task force office back in July played a significant part in the split. 

"It certainly was a catalyst. It got the conversations moving and there have been conversations for some time," Abell said. "This is the best thing to do."

When neighboring cities Pascagoula and Moss Point publicly pulled out the task force last month, Gautier seemed a bit hesitant. But Abell said that was not the case. 

"Until the sheriff's department issued a press release that we were pulling out, we were not aware we were pulling out. Certainly taking a month to make a decision that would financially impact our city as well as our public safety, I think that merits making sure we were making the right decision moving forward," Abell said.

Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis is pleased Gautier is finally ready to work with his department and Pascagoula to form a second drug task force, which will focus on combating street level drug dealers and users.  

"It is extremely important to rid your communities of drug dealers and if we can somehow reduce the demand," Chief Davis said. 

Abell agrees the change will help keep more citizens and the city drug free. 

"The City of Gautier has the second to lowest drug problem compared to the other cities and the rest of county." 

Gautier, Moss Point and Pascagoula police departments plan to work out an interlocal agreement and then give it to each city for approval.  The Mississippi Attorney General's office will then have to give the green light before the cities can launch a new drug task force.

Ocean Springs and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's drug agents are still part of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County. Officials with the sheriff's department said they have replaced the Pascagoula and Moss Point drug agents on the force, and hope to fill this new empty spot by the end of the week.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.