Taskforce makes arrests

Published 9:46 pm Friday, April 8, 2016

Multiple law enforcement agencies formed a task force to conduct random raids this past Thursday and Friday. The raids will continue in the weeks to come.

Multiple law enforcement agencies formed a task force to conduct random raids this past Thursday and Friday. The raids will continue in the weeks to come.

In an effort to clean up the crime in Selma, local and regional agencies have joined together for a Selma task force.

“We don’t want this place to change into a little Chicago,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson. “We got some real gangsters in Selma. Those folks don’t mind killing people.”

The raids began Thursday night and will continue randomly over the next several weeks. Agencies involved include the Selma Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and others.

On Thursday, the task force apprehended six individuals including 28-year-old Kenyada Dukes and 26-year-old Darryl Johnson.

“Those two are very well known in the community,” Jackson said. “These to gang members were basically running [the GWC] area.”

Dukes was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson was arrested for pistol without permit, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both are held with no bond, according to Jackson, at the Dallas County Jail.

A bond hearing will be held later next week.

The others were sent to Mobile on federal charges.

The raid continued Friday. The task force raided several problem areas such as GWC Homes, Craig Air Force Base, Selmont and other areas.

Friday’s sweep was much slower than the night before, with at least on arrest made on unlawful possession marijuana, according to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Jeremy Marvin.

“We don’t make any discrimination. Anybody body we see out we are going to stop, ask for their ID, check for warrants,” Marvin said.

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department deputy Eric Jackson said although Friday night was much slower than the night before, the sweeps are still effective for the community.

“Just the pure show of force of law enforcement coming together to help them out. I think those law-abiding citizens who saw us out there working really appreciated it,” Eric said.

Jackson said the task force was created last year to clean out Selma after a string of crimes around March.

He said the force was organized again this year for the same reason.

“Now we’re back where we were last year, we want to clean up this area, this whole community,” Jackson said.