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Mobile Police officer shot during undercover drug sting

Photo: WPMI-TV

A Mobile Police Department (MPD) officer was shot during an undercover drug operation. It happened Friday morning at a home near Live Oak and St. Madar Streets.

GALLERY | Officer injured during Operation Winter Storm

Police were executing a search warrant during Operation Winter Storm, according to Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste.

A preliminary investigation reveals the officer was attacked by a number of pit bulls as he entered the home. According to Mobile Police Department Public Safety Director James Barber, the officer may have shot himself in the leg as he tried to stop the animal from attacking him. The officer was taken to USA Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

The pit bull was killed. Our sister station WPMI is reporting that another pit bull that was in the house was taken into an Animal Control van.

Various media outlets were on scene because they were invited to cover the undercover operation. MPD targeted several locations in the community where officers made a number of narcotic purchases. As a result, officers were attempting to execute search warrants on those locations.

MPD released the following informationon the drug bust:

Operation Winter Storm Targeted Drug Dealers in the Campgrounds and Bottoms Communities
In Operation Winter Storm, the Mobile Police Department’s mission was set to eliminate the drug trade in and around the Campgrounds and Bottoms communities, and to arrest those individuals facilitating drugs being brought into the Mobile area. After receiving numerous complaints of drug activity, the police department took action to identify the drug dealers and the drug houses. During the six-month-long investigation, the targeted drug dealers were identified.
On Friday, January 12, 2018 at approximately 10 a.m. search warrants were executed at six locations, which include 1325 Basil Street, 1325 Camp Street Apartment, 253 Cuba Street Apartment-F, 1309 ½ Adams Street, 609 Live Oak Street, and 1301 St. Madar Street.
Officers arrested 11 individuals during the warrant roundup, of which three were targets of the operation. The individuals were arrested on 16 felony charges and 17 misdemeanor charges.
OPERATION WINTER STORM TARGETS
1. Fredrico Pierce (01/17/1993)
· Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance
2. Tarayll Mosley (11/28/1956)
· Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance X4
3. Larry Hunt (03/19/1954
· Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance X4
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
OTHER ARRESTS
4. Jacqueline Campbell (06/21/1962)
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
5. Cleveland Hurd (04/12/1953)
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
6. Theresa Hurd (09/22/1960)
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
7. Cheekco Peebles (03/01/1977)
· Possession of Marijuana 2nd
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
· Traffic Warrant
8. Carolyn Dailey (10/30/1970)
· Possession of Marijuana 2nd
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
9. Keiza McPherson (12/28/1979)
· Possession of Marijuana 2nd
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
· Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
10. Troyesha Williams (01/15/1988)
· Possession of Marijuana 2nd
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
· Possession of Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
11. Lakenya Pender (05/05/1985)
· Traffic Warrants X7


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