The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force conducted 16 felony and 33 misdemeanor arrests Feb. 5-9 as part of an initiative focused on local crime prevention through the removal of violent offenders, drugs and illegal weapons.
The 16 felony arrests consisted of five possessions of a controlled substance, three possessions of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, three possessions of a firearm by a convicted felon, two fleeing to elude, one theft by receiving stolen firearm, one felony warrant, and one parole violation. A total of 14 firearms were seized, with four of those being reported as stolen.
“The task force did an outstanding job getting guns and drugs off the street, but more importantly we arrested the felons who perpetuate crime in our city,” said Capt. Ashley Brown, commander of the Violent Crimes Task Force. “We will continue to conduct these types of operations and clean up the streets of Savannah.”
Officers also conducted 33 misdemeanor arrests, 127 traffic citations, and 75 field interviews.
"Members of the task force reconvene periodically to identify and conduct targeted patrols of the jurisdiction’s most active areas to deter and remove high-risk individuals and situations that could endanger the public," said Sonny Cohrs of the SCMPD's Public Affairs Office.
The task force had assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department.