SAVANNAH, GA. (April 4, 2022): A two-day task force by Savannah Police Department and Georgia State Patrol led to nearly 50 arrests and the seizure of drugs and guns.
“Operation Total Focus has been a collaborative effort between SPD and GSP troopers that started in August and occurs every couple of weeks,” Chief Lenny Gunther said. “Each operation has been a success, resulting in removing drugs and illegal guns from our streets. We know it is having an impact on overall safety in our city. So far this year, we have seen a 12 percent decrease in violent crime. These operations will continue as we move into the summer and continue SPD’s mission of decreasing violence and illegal gun and drug activity in our city.”
The operation was held March 31-April 1, using intelligence-based policing to address criminal activity and quality of life issues. Troopers and officers executed warrants, addressed driving under the influence, as well as crime trends like entering auto and vehicle theft. In addition, the task force provided a presence to deter criminal activity.
The operation resulted in 48 arrests, which included 28 arrests for driving under the influence and eight arrests for active warrants. The task force seized eight guns, one of which was stolen. They also seized 15.4 grams of cocaine, 9.54 grams of crack cocaine, 7 pills (amphetamines), 250.64 grams of marijuana, 19.5 grams of fentanyl, 7.93 grams of oxycodone, 2.66 grams of Ecstasy and 3.2 grams of Xanax.