Operation Crowbar in Jacksonville

Operation Crowbar in Jacksonville

The streets of Jacksonville are now a little safer. A two day sweep helped arrest 23 criminals.

State and federal agencies joined forces for 'Operation Crowbar.' The goal was to get drug dealers off the streets, and that's exactly what they did. 

"Everything went off perfectly and we're really happy with the results," said Jacksonville Police Chief Tony Grotens.

This warehouse at the Morgan County Fairgrounds was filled with criminals. They were all picked up on different warrants, some for having illegal weapons, others for drug trafficking. One man was found with 46 grams of crack cocaine.  

"These investigations are out of the Street Crime Unit here in Jacksonville," said Chief Grotens.

Three people were arrested at the Morgan County Hosuing Authority, just one of many locations searched in town.

"Most agencies have limited resources so that's why we look to groups like the U.S. Marshalls because they have expertise in search warrants and they can bring in assets from all over the state," he said.

Drugs, weapons, and large amounts of money were discovered at some of the scenes. 

"The message we've been sending and will continue to send is that if you deal drugs in this community, you will go to jail," said the Police Chief.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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