Dothan police seize guns, drugs in massive crime crackdown

That crackdown comes after four people died in Dothan shootings during November’s first 20 days.
That crackdown comes after four people died in Dothan shootings during November’s first 20 days.
That crackdown comes after four people died in Dothan shootings during November’s first 20 days.(WTVY | MGN)
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 11:19 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Amid a violent crime outbreak Dothan police say a successful and proactive initiative has taken dozens of guns and many drugs from the streets.

“Thirty-six firearms, over one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, one pound of synthetic cannabinoid, several hundred ecstasy pills, crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana, and approximately $30,000 (in cash) have been seized,” per a department statement.

That crackdown comes after four people died in Dothan shootings over 12 days.

A man was killed on November 12 along the Peanut Festival parade route and two women died eight days later when, according to police, a 14-year-old opened fire.

The first death was that of a man found November 9 on a street, the only one of cases without arrests.

Crime crackdowns are usually successful.

While police don’t reveal their methods, it is known that extra officers, some of them supervisors, are utilized in these dramatic and sometimes covert operations.

2020′s Operation Clean Sweep took more than 30 illegal firearms off the street, some of them stolen, and resulted in the seizure of massive amounts of illegal drugs.

About this time last year during another crime outbreak, officers again flooded the streets.

“This type of behavior is not going to be tolerated in this city, not as long as I sit here,” Dothan Police Chief Will Benny said of that crime wave in an October 20, 2021, interview.

As for the latest effort, the chief praised officers for their commitment and commended those at city hall for backing police.

“With the support of our mayor, commission, and city manager we are utilizing the latest technology to reduce violent crime in our city,” Benny said.

One commissioner called his dedication to safety unwavering.

“I want everyone in this city to know that we are committed to their safety, and our police department is committed to keeping them safe as well,” District 5 Commissioner Gantt Pierce said. “Know that we won’t stand for this (criminal) activity.”

This story is updated with Commissioner Pierce’s comments.

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