MONROE, MI – Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone, Monroe City Police Chief Charles McCormick, US Border Patrol Agent in Charge Michael Beckham, and Special Agent Darryl Pugh from Homeland Security Investigations, announce the results of “Operation Gateway.”
The special detail is a joint task force aimed at targeting hotels, truck stops and known drug trafficking areas within Monroe County. The task force was focused on illegal drug activity, weapons offenses, as well as illegal immigration and human trafficking. The task force was both an undercover, and a uniformed operation, that was conducted in Frenchtown, Monroe, Erie and Bedford Townships, as well as the City of Monroe.
The task force was staffed by approximately twenty local and federal law enforcement officers, and was funded by a federal grant obtained by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office through the Department of Homeland Security. “Operation Gateway” was partially funded by “Operation Stonegarden,” a federal grant through the Department Of Homeland Security which is aimed at enhancing law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the land borders of the United States and to enhance cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the nation’s borders. This is the third consecutive year that a joint task force of this type was conducted in the same geographical area using the same funding mechanism.
Operation “Gateway” was conducted over a sixteen week time frame from May 15th 2016 to September 3rd 2016. During this operational period, there were three hundred and seventy one traffic stops (371) made with one hundred and four (104) citations being issued. In addition, one hundred forty eight (148) people were arrested; thirty-one (31) of those were for outstanding warrants. A total of seventy (70) cases were sent to the prosecutor’s office for charges.
All agencies involved are committed to protecting Monroe County and will continue to work together in collaboration to keep Monroe County safe.