GCMDEU Annual Report Released

First Year of Operation

Emily Gill
August 11, 2020 - 11:24 am
Over one year ago: Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins addresses reporters at a press conference announcing the formation of a countywide drug enforcement unit (Aug. 3, 2019)

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Released by GCMDEU.

Matt Hamby, Greer Police Chief and Chairperson of the Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Bart McEntire, Commander of the DEU released the FY2019 DEU Annual Report demonstrating the special investigative unit has had a real impact on illegal drug trafficking.

Commander McEntire stated, “The formation of the task force was a concept years in the making and has been operating with a high level of success. On behalf of the officers of the DEU and the participating agency law enforcement executives, we know the driven success of DEU could not have happened without the strong backing of the many city and county government leaders supporting us. The unit never would have formed without the governing bodies and law enforcement executives agreeing to take a chance on the concept. Also, we cannot forget the support and backing of the citizens of Greenville County. We have received numerous tips and support from the community throughout the past year.”

He further said, “The results are impressive. We know Greenville County has a drug problem but we are hopeful the DEU’s success continues to cause drug traffickers to take notice. We have already heard there is no doubt that drug dealers within our cities and across the county know about our existence. “

“The combined unit is an excellent example of what can happen when law enforcement agencies merge their resources, manpower and knowledge to fight drug trafficking. The stage was set from the very beginning for DEU to operate with no boundaries in pursuing drug traffickers. Today's society is one of mobility and traffickers take advantage of this by moving freely throughout the county and the state. The formation of the DEU gives us the resources to be proactive and we will pursue drug traffickers across jurisdictions if you entertain the thought of this illegal venture.”

The Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) was formed in 2019 with the goal of reducing or eliminating the trafficking of illegal drugs into Greenville County, in order to save lives.

The collaboration and cooperation of the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Fountain Inn Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Greer Police Department, Mauldin Police Department, and Travelers Rest Police Department has resulted in the creation of a full-time task force made up of approximately twenty-five professional law enforcement personnel from each of these agencies.

A Governance Board made up of the chief executive of each member agency provides oversight of the DEU and its Commander.

The DEU has now completed one year of operation.

The 2019/2020 Board Chair, Greer Police Chief Matt Hamby says “The Greenville County DEU has made tremendous strides in effectively and efficiently impacting the trafficking of illegal drugs into our community. Each section of Greenville County has been the recipient of the fine investigative work of the DEU. I commend the leadership of the DEU and the collaboration exhibited by the entire team.”

An annual report of activity is hereby provided to the citizens of Greenville County and each member municipality.

The report is available below:

 

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