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Aug 14, 2013 9:41 AM by AP

Sheriff's crackdown curbs crime in Donaldsonville

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - An ongoing law enforcement crackdown in Donaldsonville has led to numerous arrests and a decrease in criminal activity.

The Advocate reports three weeks ago, amid a rise in violent crime in parts of the city, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley promised the Donaldsonville council a heavier presence in the area.

Chief Criminal Deputy Tony Bacala said Tuesday that the crackdown, dubbed "Operation Safe Streets of Donaldsonville," has proved very successful in its first few weeks.

Bacala said that since July 29, deputies have made 132 arrests in the city, while issuing seven misdemeanor summonses and 136 traffic tickets.

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