Harrison County Deputy Named Officer Of The Quarter

The WLOX-Coast Crime Commission "Officer of the Quarter" award goes to a Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy who spends a lot of time looking for drug offenders on I-10.

Deputy Tony Sauro joined the sheriff's department in 1987 as a correctional officer. Since 1994, he has worked in the Criminal Interdiction Program, arresting people who are running drugs on the interstate.

Last year, Sauro made the second largest drug seizure in the United States, recovering 55 pounds of meth amphetamine.

Sauro says since September 11th, more drug violators are driving instead of flying.

"Nobody's flying anymore with drugs. Fugitives aren't flying anymore, they're maintaining to the roads and we're taking the traffic stop one step further to apprehend these people," Sauro says. "They're most vulnerable on the road, and we're educating ourselves in identifying them while they're on the road."

Sauro is now one of eight candidates who are vying for the law enforcement officer of the year. The award will be presented in May at the Coast Crime Commission's Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast.