- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette’s Metro Narcotics Task Force and law enforcement agencies across Acadiana cooperated on a three-day operation to target areas of suspected crime and drug activity.

The operation, which ran from Jan 14 to Jan. 17, resulted in 251 arrests, 179 citations and almost $97,000 of recovered narcotics.

Agencies also recovered more than $34,000 worth of stolen property and more than $21,000 worth of property, such as vehicles and money, used in illegal activities.

One vehicle and four guns were seized.

Officials say cocaine and methamphetamine were the top two drugs seized, with more than $52,000 in cocaine recovered and more than $26,000 in methamphetamine.

Marijuana accounted for more than $12,000 of narcotics confiscated.

The operation, called “A New Resolution,” was a joint effort by agencies in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion and Iberia parishes that focused on taking down buyers and sellers in drug deals on the street.

That drug activity often spawns other crimes, either violence associated with the drug trade or thefts and robberies committed by drug addicts trying to pay for a fix, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said.

“Street-level sales drive our crime rate,” he said.

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