Meridian Star

February 19, 2013

Local authorities take part in drug sweep

By Terri Ferguson Smith /
The Meridian Star


By Brian Livingston

    A drug sweep of the Mississippi Power Lignite Coal Plant near DeKalb involved numerous law enforcement agencies including one from Lauderdale County.

    Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said two of the agency's K-9 teams were at the site Monday morning to join other officers, K-9 teams and personnel from Jones, DeSoto, Kemper and Tunica counties. Calhoun said it was his understanding that about two dozen officers and about 10 K-9 teams made up the task force.

    "Sheriff James Moore of Kemper County requested we contribute two of our K-9 teams and we were more than happy to do all we could to assist him," said Calhoun.

    The K-9 teams and their canine officers are trained in drug and explosive detection. This is the second such sweep of the facility since it started construction two years ago.

    About 3,000 people are currently working at the plant and another 500 are expected to join that number next month when construction hits its peak.