- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The Opelousas Board of Aldermen has rejected a request by Police Chief Perry Gallow for additional money to pay officers who have been working overtime to control drug activity inside the city.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1jwsEED ) Gallow asked the board Tuesday for an extra $25,000, so he can continue to deploy increased patrol teams in neighborhoods where Gallow said drugs are a growing problem.

Alderman Reginald Tatum moved to support Gallow’s request, but the motion died for a lack of a second.

Following his presentation and the board’s brief discussion of the issue, Gallow briefly addressed the board.

“We will continue to do what we have to do,” Gallow said. “The officers on the force feel as though they should be paid and paid for every hour that they work.”

Gallow said he has divided the extra workload using six teams of six officers each that have targeted the most drug-infested areas of the city. He did not identify the specific areas of the city that police are targeting.

He said the teams of officers made 10 arrests in connection with drug trafficking, also seizing 3 1/2 pounds of marijuana, weapons and $2,200 in cash.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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