Laurel, Ellisville police may join forces to fight illegal drugs

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a proposal for a collaboration between the two cites polices to join forces in the war on illegal drugs.

Laurel Mayor Johnny MacGee says he was approached by Mayor Tim Waldrup for help in dealing with a growing drug problem in Ellisville. If the proposal is passed, Laurel will assign three of their officers with expertise in narcotic investigations to work with the Ellisville department.

MaGee says the cooperation between the two departments will benefit both cities by breaking down the jurisdictional lines between the two.

"The drug dealers interact with each other and if they start pressuring in one city, the dealers just move to the next," said MacGee. "If they can catch them all together both cities will be freer of the drugs and we can put a dent in the problem."

MaGee says the three Laurel officers will need to be sworn in by the Ellisville department. He says they will continue to get paid by Laurel.

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