New Drug Task Force Formed

Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber said he is creating a new crime fighting task force. Garber said the new unit is in response to the decision to disband the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force at the end of this year.

Garber said Matt Karl of the sheriff's department will direct the new six-member force that will handle all narcotic cases in the county. Five of the officers will come from the Sheriff's Department and the sixth will be a surveillance officer from the Mississippi National Guard. If supervisors approve Garber's plans, the unit will be formed on Jan. 1.

``The unit will handle all narcotic activity in Hancock County,'' Garber said. ``They will perform undercover activities, and work with the school systems.'' The unit will also continue to cooperate with the Bay St. Louis and Waveland police departments, he said.