Drug cleanup takes patience and support

Published 9:41 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

Law enforcement agencies have been busy the past few days and will likely stay that way for the next few as they complete a roundup of drug suspects that helps clean up the streets of Lawrence County.

On Monday the grand jury returned 20 secret indictments for individuals suspected of selling drugs. Many of those individuals have now been arrested, charged with crimes and will get their day in court.

This is an important operation and one we hope to see more of as it helps get offenders off the streets so they can either seek the help they need or serve the appropriate punishment.

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Lawrence County’s law enforcement agencies are often maligned by the public for what is falsely perceived as a lack of effort in the fight to keep drugs off our streets.

This perception isn’t true at all.

Our law enforcement agencies are doing the best they can with limited resources.

The public must understand that investigations like these take time, money and manpower.

Tips from the community to Lawrence County Drug Task Force are an important part of the process as well.

Although it creates a financial burden for the county, filling up the jail keeps our streets safer and helps keep drugs out of our communities.