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The heat is on in Louisiana, and I'm not talking about the temperature!  The last 2 weekends have been quite successful for one crime task force in our state.  The good guys racked up an impressive number of arrests during a multi-parish crime sweep that should help residents of the Sportsman's Paradise sleep a little more soundly tonight.

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According to the report from New Orleans news station WGNO, a huge group of law enforcement professionals who call themselves the Central Louisiana Violent Crime Abatement Team just finished an operation that resulted in a whopping 171 arrests!  Just so you know what I mean by huge, this task force consists of 19 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies all working together to stomp a mudhole in crime.

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According to the report, the groups goal in this operation was hunt down individuals mixed up in violent crime, possession of stolen property, possession/distribution of illicit drugs, and weapons violations.  Their laser-like focus nabbed alleged bad guys who are now being charged with a wide variety of serious charges that carry serious consequences if they're found guilty.

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When you look at the stats, it's hard to argue that the streets in Grant, Natchitoches, and Rapides Parishes aren't much safer now.  Just take a look at the results of this massive operation

  • 171 criminal arrests.
  • 278 total charges, including: 140 drug charges, 28 weapon charges, 57 other felony charges, 38 misdemeanor charges, and 15 probation violations. On top of that, there were 55 traffic citations issued, 107 drug seizures, 4 currency seizures, and 4 search warrants executed.
  • 31 illegally possessed firearms seized.
  • The seizure of 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 gallons of PCP, over 3,400 doses of ecstasy, over 200 grams of fentanyl, over 1,500 prescription pills, and over 2 pounds of marijuana.
  • The seizure of over $5,000.00 in drug-related money

WGNO reports that the following agencies are responsible for the success of this operation:

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Louisiana National Guard, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, Natchitoches City Police Department, Lecompte Police Department, Ball Police Department, Boyce Police Department, Glenmora Police Department, Woodworth Police Department, Alexandria City Marshal’s Office, and the Pineville City Marshal’s Office.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Towns in Louisiana

Louisiana has tons of awesome people and charm. Along with all of the good stuff, we've got some pretty dangerous parts. Below, you'll find the top 10 most dangerous towns in our state based on the likely hood a crime will affect the average citizen living there. Some of these entries are what you'd expect, but others were complete surprises to me. Watch your back as you travel through the Sportsman's Paradise - especially if you happen to pass through these towns.

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