Mobile Police net ten and shut down business in drug crackdown Operation April RAINS
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Mobile Police are targeting drug hotspots in Mobile, and we're there as they take down suspected drug dealers. Police shut down one business and slapped handcuffs on people they say are wreaking havoc in the Maysville Community.
Officers boarded up and put a pad lock on the door of a convenience store at the corner of Ann and Arlington. The city shutting the store down, for now, with a temporary restraining order.
"This has been a nuisance for decades," said Chief Lawrence Battiste. "There's a lot of discharging of weapons in this area."
Battiste says 90 crimes have happened in this area in the last year, many of them in this parking lot.
"Since 2014, we've placed the owners on notice for illegal drug activity," said Battiste.
This wasn't the only target of today's operation. Battiste says officers executed ten search warrants as they hunted down suspected drug dealers. And he's says the department will continue working these operations where ever they see a spike in drug activity and crime.
"We know drug activity is a precursor for other violent activity. We'll continue to work rid those communities of illegal activity," said Battiste.
The chief says there will be a hearing for that store owner to determine if the pad lock stays.