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In as many weeks Sweetwater Police have made several arrests in a variety of offenses. However, in less than a seven-day period, two arrests were made concerning illicit drugs.
The first arrest took place on the 500 block of West Broadway on May 1, 2014 when an individual with outstanding warrants was observed in a vehicle. Upon locating the vehicle, the subject, Akeeme Kintay Bender of Amarillo, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant (aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) and was also found to be in possession of five small plastic baggies containing cocaine totaling 1.16 grams.
The second arrest took place on May 7, 2014 on the 300 block of SE Georgia when two female subjects, Codi Elaine Keller of Sweetwater and Corrissa Anne Parsons of Lubbock, were arrested for possession of cocaine totaling 11.3 grams (35 small plastic baggies) and 4.9 ounces of marijuana.
Since the beginning of the year, 33 arrests have been made in regards to drug-related offenses. Twenty-one of the arrests involved the possession of cocaine, while the remaining 12 arrests were for possession of marijuana.
Chief of Police Brian Frieda expressed that they want to get the word out that the authorities are aware of the presence of drugs in the community.
Lieutenant Randy Hanes echoed that sentiment, in that the police department is working on as many cases as they can in a diligent manner with the manpower that is available. They are also working with the Texas Department of Public Safety and other agencies.
Over the past couple of years, Chief Frieda said, the department has gone through some big changes and not only from an internal level. Externally, there have been noticeable increases in motor traffic, increased crashes, thefts and the many other calls the department receives.
"I would like to express publicly my sincere appreciation to the members of the Sweetwater Police Department," said Frieda. "The members of this department ranging from Communications, Animal Services, and Police Department have stepped up to deal with those challenges without missing a beat."
May 15 has been proclaimed as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, while the calendar week on which the date falls has been declared as National Police Week. President Kennedy made the proclamation for the two observances in 1962, while a joint resolution of Congress was established in the same year.
National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
"During this time of remembrance where we pause to remember those that have paid the ultimate price in preserving the public's safety, as well as those that continue to carry out their responsibilities, I would like to say thank you to those I am proud to serve with," Frieda expressed.
"I would also like to take this opportunity of saying thank you to those that serve with the Nolan County Sheriffs Department, Roscoe Police Department, TSTC Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the District and County Attorneys Office for their service to our community."