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Vance: Illegal drugs behind most violent crimes

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The most recent instance of this was a drive-by shooting at the E.com Lodge off Interstate 55 on Saturday.   Source: WLBT The most recent instance of this was a drive-by shooting at the E.com Lodge off Interstate 55 on Saturday. Source: WLBT
"I could talk all day about the negative effect that illegal drugs are having in the city. Even the property crimes are mostly committed by people with drug habits."      Source: WLBT "I could talk all day about the negative effect that illegal drugs are having in the city. Even the property crimes are mostly committed by people with drug habits." Source: WLBT
"Young men 25 or younger getting involved in the drug trade, and some of the  consequences as we saw this past weekend, are deadly."    Source: WLBT "Young men 25 or younger getting involved in the drug trade, and some of the consequences as we saw this past weekend, are deadly." Source: WLBT
"Quite honestly, they're shooting each other," said Vance. There's not many instances where somebody who's outside that lifestyle is getting injured by that stuff."    Source: WLBT "Quite honestly, they're shooting each other," said Vance. There's not many instances where somebody who's outside that lifestyle is getting injured by that stuff." Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In the last three days, two people have died and three are recovering after several shootings in the Capital City. So what are Jackson police doing to address this possible rise in violent crimes?  

Interim Police Chief Lee Vance said his officers are working around the clock. In fact, JPD already has suspects in three of the weekend's four shooting incidents in custody.  

"We got a problem with black on black crime in  this city," said Vance. "Young men 25 or younger getting involved in the drug trade, and some of the  consequences as we saw this past weekend, are deadly."

Vance said that's the major problem he sees as the man in charge of policing a city still struggling with gun violence: illegal drugs fueling the conflict.  

The most recent instance of this was a drive-by shooting at the E.com Lodge off Interstate 55 on Saturday. The eruption of gunfire left 33-year-old Terrell Riley dead. He was shot six times.  

Another man, 36-year-old Curtis Davis, was shot four times and required surgery.  

"Quite honestly, they're shooting each other," said Vance. There's not many instances where somebody who's outside that lifestyle is getting injured by that stuff."  

Vance said these incidents of gun violence are rarely random. But it's not a positive, he clarified; it's simply the reality of the situation.  

"It has such a ripple effect," said Vance. "I could talk all day about the negative effect that illegal drugs are having in the city. Even the property crimes are mostly committed by people with drug habits."  

How prevalent are illegal drugs in Jackson? A list of drug houses provided by JPD shows just how many the department has identified in the last few months: 22 thus far.  

That's progress, Vance said, but they're dealing with something so potentially volatile, law enforcement often gets little notice to be able to intervene before something happens.  

"I've been in Jackson all my life. It's my home," said Vance. "I believe it's a poor dog that won't fight for its own yard. So I'm going to continue to fight." We have police officers who are dedicated professionals, and want to make this city as strong as they possibly can."

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