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Crackdown on crime operation begins in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Standing in teams, Hinds County deputies, ATF agents and U.S. Marshal's received their assignments in a church parking lot Friday night on California Avenue.

It marked the beginning of a two week crackdown on crime in northwest Jackson.

Working out of a mobile command center, the more than 50 law enforcement officers began the operation several days in advance. 

It didn't take long Friday night before the first bust was made on Brown Street.

"What you're smelling Joe is a new generation of marijuana. It's called Hydro," Sheriff Tyrone Lewis explained when WLBT's Joe Barnes asked about a strong odor in the area.

Hydroponic weed is more potent and more expensive.

"You're looking at about $9,000 worth of drugs over there. On top of that we were able to take another gun off the street," explained Hinds County Chief Deputy Chris Picou.

At the scene, deputies say they seized $6,000 and Mario Jointer's vehicle. He was led away in handcuffs.

It was the first bust and first day on the job for new employee Liberty, a drug sniffing dog, who Lewis was quick to give credit to.

Deputies then moved on to other neighborhoods, while others manned DUI checkpoints.

While there law enforcement were also checking for criminals wanted on outstanding warrants.

The sheriff's department set up on one street for a while, before moving on to another.

The goal is to keep criminals guessing where law enforcement will show up next.

"We intend to stop everything that's moving, walking, crawling that looks suspicious in this particular community," explained Lewis.

The first term sheriff says deputies will do an assessment in two weeks to determine if the department will stay in the neighborhood or if it will move to another location in Hinds County.

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