Sheriff’s Office works to keep drugs off the street

SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


Though the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to a lot of things this year, it hasn’t stopped the Meade County Sheriff’s Office from getting drugs off the street.

In 2020, the Sherriff’s Office issued at least 89 drug-related charges, the majority of them involving methamphetamine. Between January of 2019 and November of 2020, the Sheriff’s Office seized $283,264 in cash. This money goes into a special fund that must be used for direct law-enforcement purposes only.

Though drug charges are fewer than they were last year, that’s likely due to the pandemic limiting travel across a variety of demographics. Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee says that they must stay proactive in attacking drugs in Meade County.

“We will not stop,” said Wimpee. “We will continue to fight the war on drugs.”

The Sheriff’s Office also conducted three county-wide warrant roundups in 2020, resulting in a total of 29 arrests. Wimpee says that his office is considering conducting roundups in the future that are specifically focused on drugs.

Between January of 2019 and November of 2020, the Sheriff’s Office seized 89 guns, 672 grams of methamphetamine, 5,353 grams of marijuana, six hits of LSD, 9 grams of cocaine, 35 marijuana plants, 45 patches of fentanyl, and 18 grams of mushrooms.

The public can submit anonymous drug tips by calling 422-HOPE (4673).

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