ALE recognizes officers in undercover operation

Assistant District Attorney John Bandle recognized, too
May. 25, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley came to the Chair City stressing the importance of forming partnerships with other law enforcement agencies.

In his four years as chief, at no other time has Insley seen those partnerships bear more fruit than last December when TPD teamed with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division (ALE) for an undercover operation that led to 51 arrests for 270 criminal charges.

As a result of that successful operation, four Chair City officers and a Davidson County district attorney received ALE recognition for a job well done. Detective Sgt. Jay Baity, Sgt. Jamie McClanathan, Detective Jessica Ortiz, Detective Chris Leonard and Assistant District Attorney John Bandle were recognized for an operation that targeted drug networks throughout Thomasville.

"Due to the nature of their work, they don't get a lot of notoriety," Insley said. "We try to keep them low profile so it goes says a lot when they get recognized."

TPD and ALE partnered on a four-month undercover operation started by concerned citizens complaining about local drug networks. ALE undercover, working with TPD detectives, conducted drug transactions with targets throughout the city. The investigation was part of ALE's Community Betterment Initiative that identifies communities in North Carolina held hostage by drugs, gangs and violence.

"When you work together, you can accomplish a lot more," said Insley. "This was a prime example of that."


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