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Thursday, January 13, 2005

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR ANNOUNCES DRUG ARRESTS UP 73% OVER LAST YEAR

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour announced today that year-end figures for 2004 drug arrests are up 73 percent over 2003 figures — the highest they have been in recent years.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) agents made 2,520 drug arrests statewide in 2000; 2,438 in 2001; 2,358 in 2002; 1,820 in 2003; and 3,156 in 2004.

Last year, at the Governor’s request, the Legislature enacted a merger of the MBN into the Department of Public Safety. “The spike in arrests made by state drug agents is the result of the MBN’s reorganization and its renewed emphasis on strong drug enforcement and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies,” said Governor Barbour.

Restructuring and other new initiatives explain the agency’s turnaround. MBN Director George Phillips added, “Despite the budget crisis, our agents have worked hard and achieved excellent results. They’ve truly done more with less.”

“We’re attacking drug crime in Mississippi because drug crime can destroy our communities and our children,” said Governor Barbour in his 2005 State of the State Address this week. “The Bureau of Narcotics, the Highway Patrol, the MS Bureau of Investigation, DPS and our local and federal partners—they are all attacking drug crime, and I want to give them more tools.”

The Governor applauded the agents and the MBN for their successful year in attacking drug crimes. He also proposes stricter laws targeting the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamines to aid in the future success of the agency.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
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