Osceola, Ark. – A press release from the state prosecuting attorney’s office detailed a massive police operation Friday in Osceola resulting in dozens of arrest.
On Friday, June 3 in Osceola, local, district, and state law enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation and arrested 54 people. The Osceola Police Department (20 officers), the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department (17 deputies), the Arkansas State Police (23 agents), and the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force (ten agents) saturated the city of about 7,000 citizens and yielded these results:
54 arrests, including six felony drug arrests, two felon-in-possession-of-firearm arrests, and one felony theft arrest. 124 citations were also issued. 92 warnings were issued.
Osceola Police Chief Jerry Hamilton thanked the other law enforcement agencies.
He also issued a warning to criminals:
“To the criminal element, Osceola is NOT open for business. I appreciate all these agencies who worked together to remove all doubt about whether Osceola is serious about attacking crime.”Osceola Police Chief Jerry Hamilton
Commander Chad Henson echoed Chief Hamilton’s message and affirmed the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force’s districtwide commitment:
“Our DTF now—for the first time—encompasses our entire judicial district. And as DTF Commander, we’ll continue to work cooperatively with local law enforcement agencies to reduce drug-related crime, including participating in saturation operations like Osceola. Working together, there’s no corner of this district that will be safe for criminals.”Task Force Commander Chad Henson
All those who were arrested, given a citation, or both are presumed innocent.