GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police chief's fight to regain control of the streets is proving to be successful. This week police have made dozens of arrests and taken a large amount of drugs off the streets.
The recent arrests come after Chief Leonard Papania's bold statements last month blaming the escalating violence on a criminal subculture that has, "no morals and no regard for the law."
This week police, with the help of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Drug Enforcement Administration are going after those they believe make up this criminal subculture.
In three days, police have served 48 warrants across the city. Nine felony arrests have been made and 21 misdemeanor arrests.
Police have seized several drugs, weapons, vehicles and a lot of cash.
Many of the places police are targeting they learned about from residents. The chief asked if you know about crimes happening in your community to call the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-433-8477.