Police Chief: Drugs, syringes on the rise


By Jesse Campbell - jcampbell@s24509.p831.sites.pressdns.com



WEST JEFFERSON-Drugs – most notably prescription medication and meth – could be on the rise in West Jefferson.

During Monday’s board of aldermen meeting, Police Chief Jeff Rose updated officials on criminal activity in the town during the month of August.

Of the 200 plus calls received by the department from dispatch, five people were charged with drug violations.

Rose said that while most of the drug violations pertained to paraphernalia related charges, officers are encountering methamphetamine more frequently.

Aldermen Stephen Shoemaker asked Rose if the drug problem has “gotten worse” locally.

Rose then told the board that along with meth, arrests for prescription medication and pain pills are also on the uptick.

“We are also finding syringes around town now,” said Rose.

Laws pertaining to searches and seizures, as well as restrictions for traffic stops, have compounded enforcement of drug laws, he said.

Other calls

In addition to arrests and charges, Rose said his officers investigated 19 car collisions, two insurance violations and a few driving on revoked license charges and DWIs. Two trespassing charges were also issued during the month of August.

Reach Jess Campbell at (336) 846-7164.

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