Jennings anti-drug unit begins suspect roundup

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — Members of the city’s Directed Patrol Unit began knocking on doors Thursday morning in hopes of rounding up the

first of many drug dealers, Police Chief Todd D’Albor said.

“Our message to the drug dealers is if you are doing drugs in the city, we are going to come for you and don’t expect just

because you don’t see a police officer on the corner that we aren’t there,” he said.

In the last six months, police have established 45 drug-related cases against numerous people based on undercover operations

and information received from the public, he said.

“I have expanded the role of our Directed Patrol Unit, which was developed three years ago with emphasis on street crimes

in problem areas,” D’Albor said. “They have been very successful, and crime has been reduced. Now I am expanding that role

to target drug dealers.”

The department hopes to arrest five to seven people each month as agents continue to work the cases and develop more information

on drug crimes, he said.

“Our goal is to take those people selling poison on our streets off the streets,” he said. “We will continue to build solid

cases against these suspects and pick them up throughout the year so as not to inundate prosecutors with all the cases at

one time.”

Most of those arrested Thursday are facing cocaine distribution charges.

D’Albor made a commitment when he took office nearly four years ago to target drug dealers.

“Jennings is not any different than any

other community, but we will work to continue to provide the level of

safety our citizens

deserve and protect them,” he said.

Residents can report anonymous tips about drug activity to police at 275-9002.