LEWISTON’S PROJECT HOT SPOT
MAKES 4 ARRESTS AND SEIZES DRUGS AND CASH
Michael Bussiere, Chief of Police, (207) 513-3137
Norman Croteau, District Attorney (207) 784-1397
Thomas E. Delahanty II, U.S. Attorney (207) 780-3257
Lewiston, Maine: Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere, Androscoggin County District Attorney
Norman Croteau, and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Project Hot Spot, a crime reduction strategy currently deployed in the City of Lewiston, conducted a drug operation Thursday night that resulted in the arrest of four people and the seizure of over 38 grams of crack cocaine and approximately $5,000 in cash.
In an effort to respond to multiple shootings since mid-May in Lewiston, the police department is
collaborating with state, county, and federal agencies to introduce what is known as “hot spot” policing, which combines community outreach, increased law enforcement presence, and aggressive prosecution of violators to address significant drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession believed to be contributing to the violence.
Throughout the summer, Lewiston residents will see and hear from law enforcement officers directly on
the street and at community meetings. One such enforcement event took place Thursday evening when officers and agents took to the streets of the Hot Spot with a drug operation. When arrests were made the officers received positive responses from neighbors who came outside to thank them.
Law enforcement agencies participating in Project Hot Spot include the Lewiston, Auburn and Lisbon Police Departments, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force, Maine Probation and Parole, and the U.S. Probation Office.
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