- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Tupelo city and community leaders have broken ground for a new headquarters for the Tupelo Police Department.

Officials braved the rain Monday to gather under a canopy for the ceremony.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1CtMowk ) work on the project began eight years and three city administrations ago.

Police Chief Bart Aguirre says the reason for the extended delay came because of the city’s efforts to obtain property seized through a federal and state contraband cigarette investigation.

The two-story, $10 million building will bring most of the department’s employees and services under one roof for the first time in years. Construction is expected to take 18 months to two years.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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