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Media Advisory
November 22, 2005

DEA and Surprise PD Disrupt Local Polydrug Distribution Ring

NOV 22-- Surprise, Arizona – Members of the Surprise Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) began a joint drug task force deployment operation in the City of Surprise on June 6, 2005. The five-month deployment resulted in 17 arrests, the seizure of approximately 8,130.01 gross grams (GG) of Methamphetamine (17.9 LBS), 27.6 GG of Cocaine and 18,285.09 GG of Marijuana (41 LBS), along with 14 weapons (handguns and rifles) and 13 vehicles. One Methamphetamine “Wash House” was located by patrol officers where 27 LBS of Methamphetamine were seized along with one stolen handgun. The combined street value of these drugs is $609,100.00.

In February of 2005, the City of Surprise Police Department created the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) as a pro-active community based policing unit. The NRT consists of four uniformed officers and one sergeant. NRT’s responsibilities include the investigation of property crimes such as; thefts, burglaries, and graffiti/gang related criminal damages. The NRT also conducts pro-active operations to target on going crime trends. In early 1995, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created the Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) Program as an ambitious and far reaching effort aimed at attacking violent drug-related crime, while reaffirming its commitment to community based policing. The MET Program extends DEA resources to rural areas in support of investigations based on the priorities of local law enforcement agencies. In cooperation with local police officials, MET brings DEA’s resources and experience in combating organized drug trafficking to assist in dislodging violent drug offenders from America’s streets and neighborhoods.

“DEA Phoenix is proud to support Surprise Police Department’s (SPD) Neighborhood Response Team (NRT). Surprise has created a policing unit that compliments DEA’s efforts in the city and enables us to share our experience to make operations, such as this one, larger successes,” Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum said. “Working with local police officials allows DEA’s resources to reach local communities and ensures that no neighborhood is left without protection against drug-related crime.”

The City of Surprise would like to thank the DEA and MET for their support and dedication in assisting the Surprise Police Department throughout the deployment of this operation. These pooled resources and expertise were instrumental in the success of this operation. Without a program such as MET, this agency would not have been able to make as large an impact on the issues related to the manufacture/sale/and use of Methamphetamine and other illegal activities throughout the City of Surprise . This operation has positively impacted the quality of life for residents throughout the City of Surprise as well as other jurisdictions which were affected by these offenders.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call Public Information Officer Ramona Sanchez at (602) 664-5725.


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