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It was still dark when federal agents began knocking on doors and picking up suspects in Hattiesburg Tuesday morning.


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WLBT) – “Boots are on the ground. In the mud, in the muck, in the ditch, doing the necessary work for justice to be done,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

Hattiesburg Police Department, the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the ATF, to name a few of those boots.

For months, agents and detectives worked cases that led to what was ultimately a large drug haul.

“As usual, in South Mississippi, our top priority is targeting violent offenders,” ATF Supervisory Special Agent Jason Denham said. “So narcotics off the street, that’s nice, guns off the street are nice, but we really want to focus on the worst of the worst offenders.”

Authorities picked up Georgio Scott at his home on an indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. But one agent says that’s not all he appears to have been up to.

“We also found some other federal criminal violations inside his house and we’re actively pursuing some other charges there,” Denham said.

Through this operation, just over 10 pounds of methamphetamines and six guns were seized, according to the ATF.

Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker says he’s grateful for the teamwork in his city.

“We’re doing everything in our power to make our city safer, and to continue in our efforts to improve the overall quality of life for each of you,” he said.