"Operation Westside" was a three month long, covert drug undercover activity carried out by the Mobile Police Department. It targeted Mobile Terrace, near Cody Road, as well as Athey Road, near Ziegler Boulevard. Both known drug areas.
Officers confiscated more than 2 pounds of marijuana, some cocaine, as well as prescription pills. Plus, they also brought in $72,000 of "dirty drug" cash. Eventually, that money will be turned back over to M-P-D to be used to fund training, and other programs.
Christmas definitely came early for members of the undercover unit, but Police Chief Lawrence Battiste was especially happy to get a stash of weapons off the streets, particularly a couple of guns which alter the odds in favor of the bad guys.
Chief Battiste pointed out a .40 caliber handgun, which had magazine capabilities of carrying 22 rounds-more than Mobile officers. He also noted another weapon which fires a bullet capable of blasting through body armor worn by patrol officers. Seizing these weapons was a bonus, according to the chief.
He also talked about the three months it took to bring "Operation Westside" to fruition. In this kind of undercover drug work, time is not an issue. Battiste said his officers will stay in the area for as long as it takes, to round up as many dealers and drugs, to reduce future criminal activity in the community.