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Crime prevention initiative nets seizures

GLOVERSVILLE — A multi-agency crime prevention initiative carried out in the city last week resulted in the seizure of several illegal substances and the commencement of several investigations into narcotics violations.

The Gloversville Police Department conducted the crime prevention initiative on Jan. 16 with assistance from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Fulton County National Guard Counter Drug Analyst, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Marc Porter.

Over the course of the operation, officers conducted several traffic stops that resulted in the seizure of quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. As a result, several investigations into narcotics violations have been initiated and one arrest was reportedly made on a warrant for drug sales following an indictment.

The operation involved the use of law enforcement technologies to gather criminal intelligence and related data that analysts will continue to evaluate. This information may be used to direct future initiatives.

Multi-agency crime prevention initiatives aimed at “targeting the criminal element” to “combat illegal activity and improve public safety” have been launched more frequently in the city in recent years with multiple operations having taken place throughout 2018 and 2019 that resulted in a number of arrests and drug seizures.

The operations are not publicly announced until after their completion to avoid alerting the public to the increased law enforcement presence in the city.

During the police procedures enhanced surveillance and patrols are focused on identified “hot spots,” locations that are the most prone to criminal activity including narcotics trafficking and violence, in an effort to apprehend or deter those involved.

In the release on last week’s initiative, Porter thanked participating agencies for their cooperation and support, as well as residents who shared tips and information on suspected illegal activity.

Additionally, Porter stated, “The Gloversville Police Department continues to be proactive with combating crime, remains committed to public safety and is dedicated to carrying out our mission in a professional, efficient manner, which often involves sharing information and resources with other law enforcement agencies to achieve our goals.”

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