Strike force aims to counter drugs

by Staff on August 14, 2006

in Local

The following appeared in the August 14, 2006, edition of the Bedford Times-Mail. It was written by Detective Randy Phelix of the Mitchell Police Department.

To the editor:

The Mitchell Police Department and members of the South Central Narcotics Strike Force participated in a statewide narcotics sting, arresting individuals throughout Indiana. The force is comprised of local and state police from Lawrence, Monroe, Greene, Brown and Owen counties.

Since April 1, Mitchell police have made more than 20 drug arrests and assisted numerous other agencies with narcotic investigations. Due to the increasing utilization of methamphetamine within the city of Mitchell and its surrounding area, the Mitchell Police Department is proud to state that it has eradicated and eliminated two methamphetamine labs in Mitchell since April 1, and has assisted on two other methamphetimine labs within Lawrence County with the Indiana State Police and Bedford Police Department.

The strike force is funded in part through an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice assistance administered in Indiana by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. JAG funding allows state and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.

Methamphetamine is today’s crack cocaine in rural Indiana. Many people have heard or know of the dangers of a methamphetamine laboratory in a community, but the drug itself is highly addictive and its affects on the families of the user is tremendous. We see a lot more children in need of services and crime escalates when users cannot afford to supply their own habit. If it wasn’t for the funding from the South Central Narcotics Strike Force, many more peoples’ lives would be affected in an adverse way, however, due to a proactive policing approach and having this funding, the South Central Narcotics Strike Force is able to help keep communities safer from the dangers of meth and other illegal drugs.

Anyone with information about methamphetamine or illegal drugs is urged to call their local police department or the Indiana State Police Hotline at (800) 453-4756.

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