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Fighting our drug abuse problem goes beyond arrests

April 11, 2014
The Marietta Times

Recently, there has been a push by the local drug task forces to try and relinquish the hold of drugs and drug monies on the Mid-Ohio Valley. Our papers have been littered and our local evening news, almost daily, holds the headlines of another drug bust, trafficker exposed, arrests made, etc. While I wholeheartily believe that this is a step in saving our community from the evils of the drug world, I also believe it to be only a small fraction of the resources and solution to a enormous problem in this area. I know that as a parent I am very thankful when I see that one of the offenders is pulled off the streets. However, if you continue to follow the story of each drug trafficker and abuser you slowly see the great work of our task force for surveillance and arrests followed by rescheduled court dates, large gaps of time pass, and then when they finally are supposed to face their consequences they often get opportunities to plea deals in exchange for information or wire wearing for a bigger player in the drug world. And say the plea deal is removed from the table and they actually have to face their charges, the judge gives them a very minor slap on the wrist - like 120 days in county jail and three years probation. The community is supposed to be reassured by the "don't worry, if they mess up and get caught on probation they will then face prison time."

 
 

 

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