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Taking measures against drug problem

July 25, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

It seems that several times each week The Inter-Mountain reports stories about drug arrests or convictions in Randolph County. Still, area residents say there are more illicit substances being distributed than are being confiscated.

They might be right.

Last week, a Nitro woman led police on a high-speed chase from Elkins to Parsons. The incident began when a state police officer was patrolling the Tygart Valley Mall parking lot because he'd received information that it was "a high narcotic trafficking area."

Really? It could be because the same officer noted in his complaint that drug paraphernalia was discovered in the car and he saw the vehicle's passenger "throw something out the window." Of course nothing has been proven in court and that "something" could have been anything.

Residents say there are other areas of town where they've seen drug trade take place, and they want police to put a stop to it. In some cases, though, that's easier said than done. Having more resources for law enforcement would be a big help.

One anonymous donor has put some money on the line to help police do their job. Last week, Elkins Police Chief Rob White announced that a private resident has presented the city with the cost for purchasing a drug dog.

The canine will be trained for 60 days and assigned to an Elkins officer.

"We do have a drug problem in Elkins, and there are steps that we must take to combat the problem," White told Elkins City Council.

White's statement is clear. Now is the time to gather more resources, whether it be grant funding or equipment, that will aid police.



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