SATURATION OPERATION UPDATE: Sixty-five officers swarm Savannah, Hardin County, arrest 41

MAY 1-- The Savannah Police Department said tonight that a multi-agency saturation campaign Friday conducted in the city and Hardin County netted 41 arrests on a wide range of charges, including drug offenses.

According to a news release, the operation was planned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with assistance from city police and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department. It was spurred by “the recent rise in crime.”

Savannah Police Chief Michael Pitts said the operation was “a result of three weeks of planning. We want the people of Savannah and Hardin County to know their complaints do not go unnoticed.”

Police said a 12-hour sweep was conducted from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. and involved over 65 officers who checked 14 sexual offenders for compliance, conducted 38 home checks of probation or parole offenders, and performed more than 100 traffic stops. 

The agencies involved also included the U.S. Marshal Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction Plus Team, 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Operations, TDOC Office of Investigations and Compliance and TDOC Probation and Patrol Division.

 Charges and seizures included:

-- Thirty-four outstanding arrest warrants served

-- Six violation of sexual offender registry charges

-- Three gun charges

-- Fifteen drug charges

-- Two stolen property charges

-- Thirty-seven traffic-related charges

-- Eight warning citations

-- One vehicle 

-- $755 in cash 

-- Thirty-three grams of marijuana

-- Eight grams of meth

-- Four knives

-- One computer

-- Six cell phones

Police said a “large amount” of stolen property was also recovered.

“We consider the operations a success and thank all of the agencies involved,” Pitts said.



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