Crime initiative helps seize big bucks

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department says several crime reduction initiatives have resulted in two of the biggest drug seizures in city history.

The initiatives have also netted weapon seizures and numerous felony arrests, according to Major Huey Thornton.

Thornton says a traffic stop Saturday on Interstate 85 resulted in a large cash seizure. The truck, a 2000 Kenworth tractor trailer was speeding when officers pulled over the driver. A K-9 was used and on the inside of the truck officers were able to locate nearly $350,000 in cash. Officers said the money was wrapped in 12 bundles with electrical tape. The driver denied having knowledge or connection to the money.

"The great work of our police officers has also resulted in an overall 22.6 % reduction in Part 1 Crimes for the 1st quarter of this year, compared to the 1st quarter of last year," said Thornton. "All of the crimes in which law enforcement has the ability to directly influence through crime prevention initiatives and law enforcement strategies have shown a significant reduction for the first quarter."

Thornton also added that, "None of the criminal homicides that occurred during the 1st quarter appear to be random acts.  The majority of these offenses were drug related or simply involved people who knew each other, had some sort of dispute, and unfortunately chose gun violence as a means of attempting to settle their dispute."