In January 2008 the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, under the direct supervision of newly elected Sheriff Brisolara, separated themselves from local task force groups to create their own Narcotics Task Force.
Narcotics are the one element in today’s society that not only destroy the individuals that are utilizing and/or selling the substance, but destroy entire families and communities. To combat this evil, law enforcement agencies around the country have formed special units to fight the proliferation of drugs in their cities and counties. In recent years, law enforcement has determined that drugs are not only prevalent in the inner cities, but the tentacles have reached far into rural counties. The dedicated men and women assigned to these special narcotic units face an enormous challenge, which takes a physical and mental toll on each individual officer.
The Narcotics Division is commanded by the Major of Special Operations and supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant. The division has a total of five exceptionally trained investigators. The Narcotics Division is primarily responsible for investigating all narcotics activity in the rural areas of Harrison County. The division’s focus is to target drug suppliers and dealers and arrest them for criminal prosecution. This is accomplished by the use of informants, undercover buys with investigators and buy-bust operations. The Narcotic Division also utilizes other police agencies, such as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), and other local law enforcement agencies to infiltrate the drug community and make narcotic purchases with undercover police officers.
With the help of both citizen and narcotic user informants, the Narcotics Division attempts to seek out and limit the illegal flow of narcotics in Harrison County. The division is not restricted to the rural areas of the county. With the aid and assistance of local, county, state and federal authorities, the division will investigate all leads of narcotic activity wherever the resolution points to. The division depends heavily on informants, including members of the community, to supply us with the necessary information to control illegal activity. Anyone with this type of information is encouraged to contact the division’s main phone line or the hotline number. All information given to the Narcotics Division will be kept strictly confidential and anonymous complaints can be made.