Aiming to stop what police describe as the “escalation of crime and violence,” the Prichard Police Department joined forces with officers in Mobile and several state and federal agencies to conduct a significant drug operation today.
“Operation Spring Cleaning” executed six search warrants executed and resulted in least 20 arrests for several felony and misdemeanor charges. In all, 159 grams of marijuana, 22 grams of crack cocaine, 8 grams of cocaine powder, 3 grams of spice and more than 100 prescription pills were recovered.
The following people were arrested during “Operation Spring Cleaning”
In a press release after the operation, the Mobile Police Department said the search warrants were executed at several residences known for hosting illegal drug activity in Prichard.
“Communities in Prichard have been suffering from the detrimental effects of the drug-related activities,” it said. “By apprehending the targeted individuals causing the crime and violence and by seizing the drugs, authorities believe there will be a significant reduction in the availability of illegal narcotics and the violence that is associated with them.”
The Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team (MCSENT), Prichard Police Department, MPD Narcotics Unit, MPD SWAT teams, U.S. Marshalls’ Gang Task Force, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) all contributed to the operation.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) also maintained aircraft above the homes being searched to assist in spotting targets that attempted to flee the scene. According to police, the operation was the culmination of a six-month investigation that included officers making controlled purchases of drugs from some of the suspects.Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam told Lagniappe the operation focused on areas where the Prichard Police Department and other law enforcements agencies had gathered a significant amount of intelligence — areas known for drug activity and gun violence.
“Obviously, our manpower wasn’t enough to put a feasible seek and seizure type operation together, so we pulled our partners,” Ephriam said. “We have an ongoing relationship with (these agencies), but this was a little bit different from what we usually do. We wanted to focus strictly on areas we needed to hone our resources in on.”
Ephriam said the areas targeted in Wednesday’s raids had seen crime and degradation, but also poverty and blight. He added some of the criminal activity addressed also spills into Mobile because of its proximity and said both municipalities are working together to “address it and suppress it.”
“A lot of areas many people have been complaining and calling about, and we even had some anonymous messages from citizens today saying, ‘thank you for sending the police,’” Ephriam said. “With more than 20 arrests, I expect this operation will have good results. With the problems that both of our jurisdictions have had, this should also go a long way toward curbing the problem.”
Photos for the following arrested persons were not yet available through the Mobile County Metro Jail:
Carlos Catlin, 28: possession of altered firearm, marijuana
Tyshane Harcum, 20: possession of a controlled Xanax, marijuana
Kelvin Vail, 25: possession of a cocaine
Ike Pickett, 21: possession of Xanax, marijuana
Ladalron Catlin, 25: distribution of a controlled substance
Mark Williams, 48: possession of Tramadol, drug paraphernalia
Dewayne Adams, 38: possession of analog marijuana, drug paraphernalia
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