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Operation Grace leads to arrests



Richmond County deputies made arrests and confiscated guns and drugs during road checks last week.

The June 29 road checks were part of Operation Grace — Gang Resistance and Community Engagement. Richmond County Chief Deputy Patrick Clayton says this was a joint operation with the FBI, Richmond...

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  1. Amazing numbers! There were 259 stops and 29 arrests! That’s a bit over 11%! With results like that the RCSO needs to be doing this on a regular basis. The amount of illegal drugs confiscated is staggering!

  2. I’m happy with all of the contraband seized and DUI arrests, but I have to wonder, how many rights got violated in the process. Unless it was in plain sight, how did they find guns, drugs, etc.? What probable cause did they have to search the vehicles to locate this stuff? It makes me nervous to think any law abiding citizen might be subject to the same thing, even though nothing gets found.

    • Mr. Yarbrough the RCSO has a program called the Citizens Police Academy that has two 12 week classes each year and your District Commissioner can help you enroll if you are interested in finding answers to your questions posed above. This is a really wonderful class and gives insight into exactly how the RCSO actually operates on all levels. I think the class would certainly be of much value to you or anyone that has so many questions on RCSO procedures. I am a proud Graduate of Class 13 and have since done a couple of ride-a-longs with Deputys.

      • If you are a law abiding citizen you probably will not be stopped, and if stopped, will not present a reasonable cause to search your vehicle, like the drug dog pointing on your car. I am always amazed that criminals break traffic laws (speeding, tag expired) and drive vehicles with safety defects (light out, window tint) that results in them being stopped and arrested for a felony.

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