Every day the news media across the nation alerts us to yet another traffic drug-related story: a drive-by shooting, an overdose, or a child born addicted to drugs. The ease and variety of drugs obtained is rapidly spreading; drugs are now as easily found in our school and communities as in our supply closet. There is no segment of our society left unaffected by the power and devastation of drugs.
Likewise, senseless acts of violence associated with drug use are becoming more common. No neighborhood or community is immune from this type of crime. Kids are threatened every day in every community by: domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual violence and violence among peers, much of which is associated with drug use. Four out of ten kids say they know someone troubled enough to be a potential killer and most generally that individual has used or is using drugs. Placing all of the blame on drug use alone does not reflect the depth or complexity of the problem. No single factor by itself causes the violence associated with drug use.
As parents, friends and leaders of our community, we must continue to search for solutions to the war against drugs. We must offer community-based education programs for our youth and parents. We must continue to seek resources for enforcement, prosecution, and punishment of those who violate our laws and put our families at risk.
Our task is not small; there is much for each of us to learn. Hand out materials are available at the Sterling Police Department containing up-to-date information about issues central to drug abuse and drug related violence prevention. Please feel free to obtain this literature and share it with your family, friends and community organizations. Officers are willing to educate our youth and their families regarding drug use. To schedule a class on drug education, simply email the SPD at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970)522-3512. We must all help to combat the drug abuse challenge.
It is through education that we learn, and gain the determination and will to win our fight against alcohol and other drugs that associates itself so often with drug related crimes.
Eastern Colorado Plains Drug Task Force Meth Lab Team
The Sterling Police Department is an active member Eastern Colorado Plains Drug Task Force Meth Lab Team along with other law enforcement agencies in this area. Through this alliance, resources can be jointly used in the fight against drug use. The SPD has three officers who are trained and certified to dismantle clandestine methamphetamine labs. As the dismantling of a lab is very costly, this joint venture greatly reduces the costs involved in the fight against the methamphetamine manufacture.
Due to current staffing levels in our agency, we are unable to commit an officer full-time to the issue of drug enforcement. In spite of this fact, our officers have remained diligent and proactive in this area during the course of their duties. As a result, in 2013 our officers arrested a total of 70 individuals for drug related offenses. A breakdown of these arrests is as follows:
- Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (methamphetamine/amphetamine) – 25
- Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Distribute – 5
- Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute/Sell – 1
- Possession of less than one ounce of Marijuana – 12
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 23
- Possession/Distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids – 1
- Possession of a Scvhedule III or IV Controlled Substance – 3
- Possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana – 3
- And in connection with these arrests, officers seized approximately 62.34 grams of marijuana and approximately 56.23 grams of methamphetamine/amphetamine, approximately 2.82 grams of Heroin, approximately 18.72 grams of Hydrocodone, approximately 10 grams of Cyclobenzaprine, approximately .25 mg of Xanax, approximately 75 mch/h of Fentanal, two Oxycodone tablets, 17 tablets of Diazepan and 42 items of drug paraphernalia..
If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, please help in the fight against the drug crime by contacting the Sterling Police Department at (970)522-3512 and ask to speak to an officer.