Lt. John Duke of the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit and former head of the DICE team (Drug Interdiction and Crime Enforcement team) spoke with the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday at the Columbus Country Club. Duke went over a PowerPoint presentation explaining what the Metro Narcotics unit has done so far this year as far as drug seizures and operations.
Duke reported that earlier this year on College Street, 4 kilos of cocaine were recovered at a street value of approximately $790,000. Also recovered was 1.5 kilos of heroin at a street value of more than $1 millon. Three individuals were arrested in this case and found guilty in federal court.
On 21st St. N, 1.5 kilos of cocaine was recovered at an approximate street value of $300,000.
On Wheat Street, four pounds of marijuana was seized, at an approximate street value of $4800 if sold by the pound or $22,400 if sold by the ounce.
On Hairston Bend, approximately three pounds of marijuana was seized as well as multiple stolen firearms. The approximate street value of the narcotics found was $3600 by the pound, $16,800 by the ounce.
On a traffic stop on Hwy 182, 15 pounds of marijuana was seized from a vehicle. Three individuals were arrested. They were from the Jackson, Miss. Area. The approximate street value of the narcotics found was $18,000 if sold by the pound, $84,000 by the ounce.
A CPD Patrol Stop yielded 1 kilo of marijuana. The approximate street value of the narcotics found was $12,500 in street value at $350 an ounce.
Another CPD patrol stop yielded 80 dosage units of Ecstacy at an approximate street value of $1600.
A bust at 406 Warren St. had officers recover one SKS Assault Rifle, one 16 ga. shotgun with pistol grips, two handguns and a quarter-pound of marijuana. One arrest was made for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon at this location.
So far in 2012, Duke reports that approximately 11 kilos of cocaine have been seized as well as 1.5 kilos of heroin, between 75-80 pounds of marijuana and multiple dosage units of ecstacy have been confiscated by the metro-narcotics unit.
The Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit has seized and or assisted in the seizure of 55 guns thus far in 2012, and they have six individuals facing federal indictments on weapons charges.
They have also seized $40,000 thus far between the city and the county.
Duke also gave the exchange club a run down on Operation Full Throttle, a two year investigation involving joint federal, state and local operations which have dismantled two different drug trafficking organizations that were operating in the Columbus-Lowndes area.
Full Throttle will result in 25-30 suspects being prosecuted federally and another 30 or more being prosecuted at the state level. These drug trafficking organizations were moving approximately 8-10 kilos a month of cocaine.
The operation has resulted in the seizure of approximately $180,000 in cash and 23 vehicles.0