Strike team hits ground in Lee County


LEE COUNTY – A federal and state supported grant has put a Lee County Strike Team on the ground rooting out habitual drug and gun offenders.

According to Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office applied for and received a grant for overtime costs associated with the Guns & Habitual Offenders Strike Team (G.H.O.S.T) to be formed to combat certain repeat offenders in the county.

This unit was formed under a memorandum of understanding with both Keokuk and Fort Madison police departments. The unit was awarded nearly $26,000 in funding to pay for officers from all three agencies to work collectively to combat repeat offenders who are determined to deal drugs, commit felonies, and carry illegal firearms.

On Tuesday this unit officially hit the streets. Officers were able to identify and arrest three different felony level wanted subjects and one misdemeanor level subject. Methamphetamine was also seized and one house was searched.

The focus of this unit is to seek out repeat offenders who continue to be armed illegally while violating Iowa laws. This unit will work with the Lee County Narcotics Task Force to help disrupt organized crime and dismantle criminal organizations.

The unit consists of two deputies, one Fort Madison police officer, and the Keokuk Police Department has not made an assignment at the time of this release.

Any additional comments and news releases will come from either Commander Donaldson of the LCNTF, the Lee County Sheriff, of the chief of the participating agency.

This funding is made possible by a grant provided by the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the United States Attorney’s Office –Southern District of Iowa.

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