“I want the bad guys to know that what they see here today this is just the beginning. If trouble starts this is what you’re going to get. We’re going to work together,” says Chief Eugene Ellis of the Monroe Police Department.
The long hours and hard work finally came to en end for the Ouachita Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force. Now residents in the twin cities have a newfound peace of mind.
Sheriff Jay Russell of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says, “When you put sixty or seventy officers and deputies across the state in one area in one parish this is the results that you get.”
The results are extraordinary – one hundred and thirty nine arrests, almost two hundred grams of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine all seized. Attempted murderers and dangerous drug traffickers taken off of our streets.
Russell describes them as the “worst of the worst that were out there.”
Those guys are now behind bars and the men and women who put them there did so in record time. What should have taken weeks took this task force just two days.
Russel attributes the success of this force to all the agencies coming together with the same goal in mind.
“That’s pretty strong people. That’s what by working together can accomplish,” says Sheriff Russell.
This is the sixth successful operations for the task force made up of Sheriff’s Deputies, Monroe Police, the District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and many others.
They say you can be sure it won’t be the last.
“Bad guys been doing dirt combining their efforts for years now and this is what we’re going to combine our efforts to come out with. This is what the future holds for Ouachita parish and other parishes in the surrounding areas,” says Chief Ellis.