Jackson County MET Team votes to add two more agencies

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - On Friday, two Jackson County law enforcement agencies joined the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team's fight against illegal drugs. Officials with the MET Team said the Executive Board voted unanimously to add the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Ocean Springs Police Department to the team to combat drugs in Jackson County.

"Once again, all agencies are working together in their efforts to make Jackson County drug free," said Commander of the MET Team, Keith Havard.

"We are excited about joining MET and looking forward to having a unified drug enforcement team for the entire county to combat illegal drug activity," said Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt. "The Sheriff's department is moving forward with positive changes, and joining MET is another step in the right direction."

Havard said agency leaders have been working over the past few months to develop a new inter-local agreement. He said the agencies are working together and sharing resources, but there are still jurisdictional limitations that need approval from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Britt said the Sheriff's Office will contribute numerous resources to MET and is seeking federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security for the Operation Stonegarden Grant.

"This funding opportunity will enhance cooperation, coordination and information sharing between federal, state and local law enforcement in a joint mission to secure U.S. borders and to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations," said Britt.

The Jackson County Sheriff's department and Ocean Springs Police Department join the Pascagoula, Gautier and Moss Point Police Departments on the team.

The MET Team asks that if you have any information on drug activities in Jackson County that you contact them at 228-938-6667.

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