A criminal roundup conducted by various law enforcement agencies in western Greenbrier County over the weekend was a success.
According to West Virginia State Trooper Sergeant Steven Murphy, commander of the Rainelle detachment, the criminal roundup called “Operation Spring Cleaning” resulted in felony and misdemeanor arrests, drug seizures, tickets for road law violations and more.
The following resulted from Operation Spring Cleaning:
• 16 felony arrests on 12 individuals;
• Seven misdemeanor arrests on six individuals;
• Four misdemeanor citations;
• 30 road law contacts were made, including issuing warnings and tickets for traffic and vehicle violations;
• One search warrant was executed with the recovery of one stolen gun;
• 21 grams of methamphetamine and 20 grams of heroin were seized;
• Information was generated on an individual that led to an arrest in Kanawha County;
• The Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force briefed six individuals that led to four follow-up investigations;
• Members of Greenbrier County Home Confinement conducted five home compliance checks with no violations;
• The West Virginia Parole Board conducted eight checks with four violations;
• The Greenbrier County Probation Department conducted 15 compliance checks with three sex offender violations found.
Members of the West Virginia State Police, the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, the Lewisburg Police Department, acting on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Office, the Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Greenbrier County Probation Department, Greenbrier County Home Confinement and the West Virginia Parole Board helped with the operation.
Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via and staff were available to assist with questions and provide support during arraignments, as were members of the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.
The Greenbrier County 911 Center provided a mobile command center to handle calls.
“This is the first time we have tried to execute an operation of this size in western Greenbrier County,” said Murphy.
“We wanted to show the residents that we are there for the community,” Murphy added. “We are dedicated to keeping our community safe.”
Operation Spring Cleaning began at 3 p.m on Friday, and lasted until 5 a.m. Saturday.