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Suwanee PD joins drug task force

SUWANEE -- In light of the service delivery settlement in March, Suwanee police has joined several other Gwinnett cities to form their own drug task force.

Because Gwinnett County will no longer handle drug investigations in city limits, Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones said the cities with police departments came together to pool their resources. Suwanee's City Council formally approved the city's involvement in the partnership at Tuesday's meeting.

The task force is designed to handle complaints, investigations and violations. The cities involved are Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Loganville and Suwanee. The task force is training officers and expects to begin work in August.

Jones said the task force is aimed at street-level crimes in residences and businesses. As part of the partnership, non-Suwanee officers will patrol and respond to crimes in Suwanee city limits.

The total number of officers in the task force is unknown, but Suwanee Police Capt. Clyde Byers said his department would assign one officer.

Gwinnett County police is expected to continue to handle incidents in unincorporated parts of the county.

The benefit of the task force is a bonus to Suwanee's police presence, because the city doesn't have its own task force for drugs.

"If there's a neighborhood where traffic is going in and out of a house, I've got somebody I can call on," Jones said.