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'30 Days to a Safer Neighborhood': Interstate Drug Trafficking

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"There was a traffic stop that the Natural Resource police initiated, they called our units to assist in the traffic stop. Once that call was placed, it just kind of fell in place from that point forward," said Sheriff Albert Marano.

"We do know that I-79, Route 50 are highly traveled, and we know that there are a lot of drugs going up and down the highway," said Chief John Walker of the Bridgeport Police Department.

That's why law enforcement officers from across the state are doing their part to be on the lookout for drugs along the interstates, at rest areas, and during route traffic stops.

"We are making arrests on I-79 and Route 50 weekly for narcotic violations and narcotic trafficking," said Walker.

Chief Walker has served as the chairperson of the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force since January.

He credits much of the task force's recent success to the collaborative efforts from neighboring law enforcement agencies and new resources that allow authorities to find drugs.

Those resources include Gretchen, a K-9 officer.

"She's trained to alert to the odors of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana," said Officer Shawn Fleming of the Bridgeport Police Department.

"I've recently become more of a believer in K-9s. We just went with this one, just to find drugs," said Walker.

Those drugs can be found anywhere: along the interstates or inside the rest areas, as a result of mobile meth labs.

"It wasn't a problem until recently. In the past few years, we've found that there's a lot of that going on now. People are actually making drugs in their vehicle, and once the drug is made, they take the materials and they dump them along the roadways," said Greg Phillips of the Division of Highways.

Both Walker and Phillips advise travelers to contact their local law enforcement agencies if they find drug paraphernalia along any roadways or if they see any suspicious activity.


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