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53 arrests made in Rocky Mount 'Operation Harvest' round-up

Posted October 11, 2012

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— Rocky Mount police, the Nash County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies arrested 53 people over the last few days as part of a three-month undercover narcotics investigation called Operation Fall Harvest, authorities said Thursday.

Officers served approximately 200 arrest warrants in the three-day round-up, mostly for felony offenses, and they also served five search warrants across the city resulting in authorities seizing a firearm, approximately $2,500, counterfeit money and drugs, including marijuana and crack.

Some of the arrests happened at convenience stores where, investigators say, employees were selling items that are often used as drug paraphernalia.

"The Rocky Mount Police Department will relentlessly seek and apprehend the predators that exacerbate the sales of illegal narcotics and degrade our community through their violent criminal acts,” Police Chief James Moore said Thursday. "We will perpetually utilize proactive policing initiatives, such as Operation Fall Harvest, to alleviate the declination of crime in the City of Rocky Mount."

The joint effort between law enforcement agencies is similar to one in Cumberland County in July involving the Marshals Service.

During that crackdown, Operation Swift Justice, at least 150 people were arrested on major felony crimes.

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  • nikitaterry Oct 19, 12:39 p.m.

    My comment is totally unrelated, but what does he mean he they want to "alleviate the declination of crime"? Mr. Moore, "allivate" means lessen and declination means decline. So basically, you want to do away with declining crime? If you don't know what the words mean, please don't use them.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Oct 18, 1:01 p.m.

    I wonder how many people woke up this morning and decided not to drugs today because they arrested 53 people a few days ago and they can't buy that glass pipe down the street anymore? None!!

  • bullblood9 Oct 18, 11:09 a.m.

    the jail industry is just that now...an industry a corrupt one
    bring in them small change pot dealers we need to build another prison

  • cbennett77 Oct 16, 4:14 p.m.

    Police Chief James Moore: "We will perpetually utilize proactive policing initiatives, such as Operation Fall Harvest, to alleviate the declination of crime in the City of Rocky Mount."
    Exactly, Chief. This is racial and economic profiling-- Operation Fishing Expedition. I know some neighborhoods where you would have had much more success but you would have damaged the landscaped gardens.

  • halfpint1552 Oct 15, 8:22 a.m.

    I think it's terrific that they put all the time and efford into these small crimes but when my home was broken into, they didn't have the time or money to investigate it and run the evidence. Way to have your priorities in order Rocky Mount! Ugg!

  • piene2 Oct 12, 3:32 p.m.

    "At what point does a society say "this isn't working, we need to try something else."?
    Qwerty27807"

    Well they learned nothing from the miserable failure of prohibition and even less from the absurd, "War on Drugs" (http://civilliberty.about.com/od/drugpolicy/tp/War-on-Drugs-History-Timeline.htm) so it is doubtful that they will ever learn from their own stupidity. It will just drag on, year after dreary year, filling the jails and prisons with piddley little offenders, destroying families and costing billions of dollars. But what the heck, it sounds good, gives the people a warm and fuzzy feeling and keeps thousands of cops employed.

  • Qwerty27807 Oct 12, 2:46 p.m.

    So locking all these people up for having some stuff does what exactly? 2/3 of the people in prison today are for drug-related crimes. What happens to the fatherless children left behind? Drug laws only destroy families. (They have done almost nothing to stop drugs.) At what point does a society say "this isn't working, we need to try something else."?

  • piene2 Oct 12, 9:52 a.m.

    "Do we have room for all these people in Jail/prison?
    Click to view my profile Just another bad guy"

    No problem, just build more jails and prisons for those committing those piddley little offenses. In thew meantime the people can whine about high taxes.

  • Just another bad guy Oct 12, 9:18 a.m.

    Do we have room for all these people in Jail/prison?

  • halfpint1552 Oct 12, 8:50 a.m.

    Well I am glad Cheif Moore is doing everything possible to ensure that crime goes UP in Rocky Mount...ugg! Time to move!

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