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Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit marks 10 years of cracking down on illegal drugs

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit is turning 10 this weekend, marking a decade of cooperation between two agencies working hard to rid the city's streets of illegal drugs.

The CSNU agents, including members of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and the Shreveport Police Department, investigate drug crimes, respond to citizen complaints and conduct tactical patrols, undercover operations and investigations.

"The citizens of Caddo Parish, including Shreveport, expect government to serve them efficiently and effectively," said Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator. "Ten years of combining our narcotics units has proved the whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts."

The merger officially took place March 8, 2004, about a year after the two agencies combined their financial crimes units.

In the past 10 years, CSNU agents have made 7,644 arrests, executed 945 search warrants, seized 1,171 weapons, and nearly $6 million in cash. The total value of drugs seized is about $14.7 million, police revealed in a statement Thursday.

Working together has also brought about changes in the type of drugs agents are finding. In 2007, the CSNU seized a new form of heroin called "cheese," which was blamed for the deaths of numerous teenagers in the Dallas area. Local agents seized about 93 grams of the drug, plus marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cash, and guns.

"The goal of a joint narcotics unit was to better manage our time and investigative efforts," said Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw. "There was often a duplication of services where the sheriff's office and the police department were targeting the same offenders. By combining our resources, both agencies were able to make more efficient use of citizens' tax dollars."

The combination of forces includes sharing work space and expenses. City officers are deputized by the sheriff to extend their jurisdiction into the parish. Sheriff's deputies already have jurisdiction within Shreveport.

In 2013, the team recovered 34 pounds of synthetic marijuana and $634,482 in cash during a long-term investigation that ended with state charges.

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