SAVANNAH, GA (February 27, 2023): Savannah Police and Georgia State Patrol conducted a proactive, two-day task force operation over the weekend that resulted in more than 40 arrests, as well as the seizure of multiple guns and drugs.
“Expect more of this,” Chief Lenny Gunther said of the operation. “We analyzed our recent crime trends and conducted this operation in areas that have seen an increase in crime, drug activity, as well as concerns from residents. We plan to continue to use this intelligence-led policing approach to proactively target and put a laser focus on the issues that are affecting quality of life and safety concerns for our law-abiding citizens.”
The operation was held Feb. 24-26, focusing on topics from driving under the influence to gun activity, active warrants and crime trends, like entering autos. In addition, the task force of nearly 50 officers and troopers was instructed to provide an increased presence as a deterrent to criminal activity. GSP and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office also provided law enforcement for aviation support.
The operation resulted in 44 arrests, which included 30 arrests for driving under the influence, as well as 227 traffic citations and the location of 12 wanted subjects. The task force also seized seven guns, 266 MDMA pills, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, 793 grams of marijuana and 28.3 grams of cocaine.