Police crack down on crime


POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 5:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 10:48am

WALKER, La (NBC33) -- It may be Christmas week, but that's not stopping police in one town from cracking down on crime. The Walker police chief decided to have a drug roundup to get get dealers off the streets.

"We do it around the holiday times just to give it an extra inconvenience for people who are distributing drugs," says chief Hunter Grimes. "If they're not going to be home for Christmas, unfortunately, that's just one of the things that they'll have to suffer for for selling drugs."

Burtrell Morris is one of five people targetted by Walker Police Department in an early morning narcotics roundup. He is charged with two counts of selling cocaine, something he's been in trouble for in the past. Morris was on parole until 2014 on similar charges. Police expect him to spend the rest of that sentence in jail.

"He needs to be behind bars wearing orange where people tell him what to do everyday of his life," says Grimes. "He doesn't need to be in our community. All he's doing is destroying it."

Police went to five homes this morning looking for several different people. They say they've been investigating for months, building evidence against the people on their list.

They apprehended Morris this morning. This afternoon, they caught up with Albert Watson Jr. He is charged with armed robbery and second degree murder. They are still looking for three people; Ernest Smith on one count distribution of drugs, Mary Wilson Cockhart on two counts distribution of cocaine, and Calvin James Talbot on simple robbery.

Police are working with surrounding parishes to catch the remaining people on their list.

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