(Southaven, MS) Dawn Lebo got a shock when she saw dozens of police cars gather just down the block from her home late Friday, ”I figured something was going on. I wasn’t for sure. There was a whole bunch of ‘em. It wasn’t just Southaven, it was Horn Lake, Sheriff’s Department, SWAT.”
Those officers fanned out across northwest DeSoto County in a wide-ranging gang and drug sweep.
Officers had the most efficient set-up you can imagine to process dozens of arrests.
”We had out command trailer set up to do all the bookings. We had transport officers so that once an arrest was made, transport officers took them to the booking trailer and we handed ‘em off to the County,” explained Southaven Police Lieutenant Mark Little.
The DeSoto Jail had a trailer set up for bookings and a bus standing by to take folks to jail.
This past week’s roundup was the first involving the new DeSoto County Gang Task Force, and it resulted in just under two dozen arrests in four jurisdictions.
Southaven made the bulk of the arrests, but the Sheriff, Horn Lake and Hernando also captured suspects.
Lieutenant Mark Little said we can expect to see this happen again, ”As the task force starts building their cases you may see this in more areas.”
So far, it’s a hit with the people who live here.
”I think it’s awesome. I think it’s a great idea for ‘em to work together because we’re all so close together. I’m very proud of ‘em,” said Lebo.