State Police Hit New Orleans, Arrest Over 100 In Less Than 10 Days

This Mardi Gras season, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) are not playing around and boy do they have the statistics to prove it.

It has been just short of 10 days that 150 LSP troopers hit the ground running in the city of New Orleans (Feb. 5-Feb. 16) to help out the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), and already, residents may see a difference in crime levels, arrests and charges.

According to NOLA.com, state troopers in the city have already arrested 140 people during the Mardi Gras week and weekend. This is nearly 16 arrests by the LSP a day since they have been in the city.

Here’s the breakdown thus far:

  • 50 of the 140 arrests were felonies
  • 14 weapons were captured by LSP
  • 315 non-drug related charges have been made
  • About 100 narcotics-related charges have stemmed from those 315 charges
  • $376,000 in drugs has been seized by LSP

State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson told NOLA.com that state troopers have been “challenged to be proactive and make their presence known both to the good citizens of this community and the criminal element” in New Orleans.

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