Hutchinson County cracking down on drugs

NewsChannel 10

Hutchinson County, Texas - Hutchinson County law enforcement is taking a stand against a recent rise in drug activity, with an aggressive campaign against narcotics.

They are teaming up to fight the re-emerging battle against methamphetamines and so far, they're winning.  

But methamphetamines are making a major comeback in the county.

In the last month alone, Borger Police have made about 10 drug busts, the most recent one involving $17,000 worth of methamphetamines.

They haven't faced much of this issue in awhile, but say there are two major factors to blame.

One is the federal drug scandal involving the Fernandez family.

84th District Attorney Mark Snider explains, "These new drugs coming in are trying to fill that void or that distribution scheme that worked previously."

The second reason is people are simply finding new ways to get around the law and new ways to make the drug.

Lt. Anthony Griffin with the Borger Police Department says, "When we don't see much of a drug, it always makes its way back. That's what we're seeing. What we are trying to do is cut it off quickly, before it gets out of hand."

It's a crack down that's become a group effort.

Police departments from every Hutchinson County community, the sheriff's department, and the district attorney are working to stop the problem, before it grows worse.

They are also trying to squelch the other criminal activity they say goes hand-in-hand with drug activity.

Lt. Griffin explains, "You get the forgeries, you get the thefts, you get the burglaries, because they need money to go out and do their drugs."

So far, the crackdown seems to be working. They've made a lot of arrests, ones they're hoping will deter illegal narcotics.

Snider explains, "We sentenced an individual to 18 years in the penitentiary for 4.2 grams of meth possession, and we're pleased about that. I think the busts we get associated with the prosecutions, are going to help maybe create a decline in these type of cases in our county."

While they realize they can't rid the area completely of drugs, they say every arrest makes the streets a little safer.