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Crime initiative nets more than 250 in north Mississippi

October 9, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — After a month-long law enforcement initiative in north Mississippi, hundreds face charges ranging from homicide to drug distribution to arson to failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Mississippi’s Northern District said Tuesday in a news release that 255 people were arrested as a result of “Operation Triple Beam,” a U.S. Marshals led project that brought together more than 30 local agencies across 13 north Mississippi counties, along with state and federal law enforcement. The initiative sought to reduce crime by identifying and arresting violent fugitives, targeting violent gang activity and collecting intelligence.

In addition to the arrests, about $52,773 worth of narcotics, $50,565 in cash and 76 firearms were seized and 11 stolen vehicles recovered.

The operation began Aug. 13 and ended Sept. 14.

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