Law enforcement agencies work together to make arrests throughout DeKalb

Multiple law enforcement jurisdictions recently came together during a 48-hour period to make 38 arrests in DeKalb County.

Called “Operation Safe Summer,” the two-day task force efforts were deemed successful on June 15 by DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox and DeKalb County Chief Deputy Randy Akies.

“We measure the success of this operation not only on the number of arrests made but also on the collaborative work and carrying out these arrests with no injuries to our officers or any citizen,” said Akies.

Maddox stated that a mounting inventory of active, outstanding DeKalb County warrants led to the organization of the task force that included special units from Henry County, Fulton County, and Newton County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as U.S. Marshals, to locate and arrest suspects.

According to officials with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, agency teams made 162 attempts to arrest and cleared 69 active warrants. In the process, 38 individuals were arrested and transported to DeKalb County Jail on 19 felony charges and 19 misdemeanor charges. Of those taken into custody, 25 were male and 13 were female and ranged in age from 16 to 63, stated a news release.

Charges included aggravated assault, vehicular homicide, battery, possession of firearms during commission of a felony, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and battery family violence, among others, according to officials.

The task force also seized an estimated $50,000 worth of illegal drugs as well as two guns and fraudulent checks during the operation.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this collaboration of multiple sheriff’s offices and the U.S. Marshals,” said Maddox. “Our colleagues from the metropolitan area agree that persons who commit crimes cross county lines every day – impacting everyone’s safety.”

“This is not the first time we’ve worked together with other jurisdictions, and it will not be the last,” said Akies. “This was a successful operation because of commitments and partnerships. It will be a safer summer for everyone in DeKalb County.”

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