BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An initiative launched by Louisiana State Police resulted in about 1,000 arrests, the recovery of millions of dollars worth of drugs and the rescue of children from human trafficking.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Police held a news conference Friday to announce the results of Operation Carpe Diem. The statewide crack down on criminal activity utilized over 160 troopers and focused on drug offenders, illegal weapons, fugitives and sex crimes.
"An operation like this is unprecedented in the history of State Police, and the final results are staggering," said Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of LSP. "This is a great example of what can be done to make our state safer. I could not be prouder of this organization and all who contributed."
Operation Carpe Diem launched in mid-October and resulted in a total of 1,025 criminal arrests across the state of Louisiana, the seizure of more than $6.5 million in illegal narcotics and the recovery of 112 illegal weapons. A total of 637 fugitive charges were also brought by State Police.
In addition, there were 48 arrests for various sex crimes. Of those, 27 were charged with human trafficking, five for internet solicitation of juveniles, nine pornography charges and three juveniles were rescued.