'Operation No Bond' Nets 28 County Drug Dealers!

'Operation No Bond' Nets 28 County Drug Dealers!
Posted by FoM on December 17, 1998 at 08:30:37 PT

Bay St. Louis "Operation No Bond," a three-month undercover drug operation in Hancock County, ended with an early Wednesday morning roundup of 28 alleged street-level drug dealers. As of late Wednesday, at least six more arrests were expected.
The name of this drug sting stems from no bond being allowed for those who had prior drug indictments or who were out of jail on bond when they were arrested Wednesday, said Shane Corr, director of the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force.Corr said this was done in cooperation with the office of District Attorney Cono Caranna and Circuit Court Judge Robert Walker, who was on-hand to sign the no-bond court orders. Thirteen of the 28 are being held in the Hancock County jail without benefit of bond.This was the third sting operation in Hancock County this year.Corr said the citizens in the neighborhoods where these curb sales were conducted were "tired of seeing these people standing on the corners day and night selling drugs." He said that not allowing bond for repeat offenders or for those who were already facing drug charges sends a message to youths."We don't want the young people thinking of these people as role models," Corr said, noting that many of those arrested have nice possessions associated with hard-working, respectable citizens.Other agencies that took part in the roundup were the Bay St. Louis and Waveland police departments; the Hancock County Sheriff's Department; the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (a federal task force); the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the National Guard.
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