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Lonoke Deputies Arrest 500+ People Since Major Crack Down on Drugs, Burglaries

LCSO Special Enforcement Unit responsible for the arrests, busts since September

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. - Lonoke County authorities say hundreds of arrests have been made since the county launched a unit targeting high-crime areas.

"Every little that we can," says Lonoke County Sheriff's Sergeant Paul McIntosh. "It takes a lot of working hours."

McIntosh is in charge of the county's Special Enforcement Unit, a team targeting high-crime areas.

 "Try and cut down on some of the crimes that were having... burglaries, drugs," says McIntosh.

Part of patrolling is looking for what pops out, like a three-wheeler driving down the road.

"You can't ride an ATV on the roadway," says McIntosh to the ATV riders.

McIntosh makes sure the ATV isn't stolen because since the unit started in September, 2017, deputies have found more than $145,620 worth of stolen stuff.

"We've been having a lot of thefts in the area," says McIntosh.

The ATV isn't stolen but it doesn't take McIntosh to spot someone driving dangerously.

"The reason I pulled you over... you were all over the road," says McIntosh.

Another deputy walks a K9 to sniff the car out and there's no hit but that hasn't stopped the unit from getting more than 3,520 grams of meth, more than 240 grams of marijuana, more than 1,890 grams of heroin and more than 225 grams of medication off the streets since September, 2017.

"We'll take tips and just build our case from there," says McIntosh.

McIntosh says it's not all about stopping drivers but finding the root of the issue.

"To eliminate the problem you've got to know you have a problem first," says McIntosh.

McIntosh says most of the crimes he's come to know well are happening in the middle of the day.

If you have crimes you want to report to the Lonoke County Special Enforcement Unit, you can e-mail the team's confidential tip line at tips@lonokeso.com.

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