Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell searches through the trunk of a car pulled over at a roadblock on Highway 6 in Nettleton.

In the second multi-agency saturation operation in Monroe County this year, local law enforcement joined with state agencies May 4 to perform traffic stops and set up roadblocks. Nettleton and Amory were the areas of attention in this go-round.

“It’s proactive criminal patrolling. We look for probable cause for traffic stops to have interaction with the driver and passengers to get a feel of what’s going on,” said Amory Police Department Investigator Andy Long. “We start getting signs and start working further and further into it.”

The APD was joined with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Nettleton Police Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Mississippi Highway Patrol on the two-city operation.

Officers and agents blanketed major thoroughfares, making it difficult for drivers to get through certain areas without going through a roadblock.

“The Amory Police Department does this but not at this level. When we have problem areas with cases like burglaries of vehicles, we’ve done smaller-scale saturations of neighborhoods to see who suspects may or may not be. Each saturation works differently than others,” Long said. “If you want to see drugs on the streets, this is how you do it.”

He credited increased manpower and resources for the operation’s success. All in all, 37 arrests were made through the operation.

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