City of Oxford approves inter-local agreement with Metro Narcotics

Published 11:55 am Monday, December 28, 2020

The City of Oxford will continue to do its part in the fight against controlled substances.

During their Dec. 15 meeting, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the 2020-21 inter-local agreement with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics unit. The agreement is voted on by the Board of Aldermen, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and the University of Mississippi, annually.

The agreement states all three entities will pay $150,000 annually to help the Metro Narcotics unit enforce Mississippi’s criminal laws regarding controlled substances.

The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit was formed in 1988 under the then-named Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.

Metro is led by the heads of the Oxford Police Department, University Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and is funded through grants and equal allotments by all three law enforcement organizations.

The task force has one full-time secretary and four full-time investigators, including the Officer in Charge, or Commander, who is currently Alex Fauver. Fauver reports directly to Sheriff Joey East.

Oxford police chief Jeff McCutchen, or his designee, serves as Project Coordinator. The Control Group, which assigns personnel, sets policy for the task force operations, determines fund distribution and prioritizes targets for investigation.

The unit only has the power and authority granted to the sheriff by state statute in regards to the enforcement of criminal laws regarding controlled substances, while investigators may only exercise the power and authority given to it by the Control Group.

The Narcotics Unit operates independently from the sheriff’s department and police departments; however, the agreement states that investigators will exchange intelligence among the three law enforcement agencies as needed.