PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

February 13, 2014

Warrant round-up nets 46 arrests, more than $4,000 in fines

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

— Law enforcement from across the area were stationed along major thoroughfares in Port Arthur during a warrant round-up on Wednesday.

What began before daybreak ended by early afternoon with a total of 46 arrests. Of those, 34 were for Port Arthur warrants, according to information from Port Arthur Police Officer Gerald Bush.

In addition to the arrests, the Port Arthur City Municipal Court raked in $4,485 in fines collected from those who decided to pay instead of being arrested.

The round-up primarily targeted people with outstanding warrants, from traffic citations to other criminal offenses.

“This warrant round-up was on a much larger scale then previous round-ups,” PAPD Officer Rickey Antoine, who is on the department’s traffic enforcement unit, said. “It incorporated Port Arthur, Beaumont, Groves, Jefferson County, Hardin County, Lumberton, DPS (Department of Public Safety) and the U.S. Marshal’s office.”

Antoine said multi-jurisdictional approach was beneficiary to all law enforcement involved.

A grace period in which to take care of fines was offered in Port Arthur, Beaumont and other surrounding jurisdictions through Feb. 9. The round-up began Feb. 10 in the City of Beaumont.

The multi-jurisdictional warrant round-up will continue Thursday and Friday.

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