Operation Viper unleashed at Union Station

Published: Jul. 14, 2011 at 9:47 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Residents arriving and departing from the Jackson bus and train station, were met by a show of force Thursday from all levels of law enforcement.

Representatives from state, local and federal law enforcement departments held a checkpoint at the downtown terminal, searching for illegal activity, and controlled substances.

"Operation Viper" is being led by the transportation security administration. The goal is to improve safety for all modes of mass transit.

Several k-9 dogs were used to search buses, and luggage compartments for contraband. Some passengers were also sent through security screening checkpoints.

Hinds county Sheriff's Department Spokesman Lt. Jeff Scott says, "Were glad to participate, we think it's a necessary operation and hopefully it will be a very highly visible deterrent of any kind of illegal activity that would come in off these modes of transportation."

There were no arrests made during this first day of Operation Viper.

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