Law Enforcement Leaders Asking for the Creation of a Drug Task Force


Dangerous drugs continue to flow into communities throughout the Ohio Valley, while law enforcement departments struggle to keep up.

“I’m raising four children here! So many people go in that direction and I do not want that to happen,” said New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil.

Chief Cecil is not alone in the battle against drugs, but every week new drugs are hitting the streets.

With funding beginning to tighten, many departments are finding it hard to keep up.

“It has to be a joint effort because one department is not going to rid the problem from their area, nor will any other department. Its going to have to be a task force situation,” added Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black.  

Like many law enforcement agencies across in the area, officers in New Martinsville are discovering an alarming amount of dangerous drugs, like heroin, meth, and prescription pills.

The long list of people using those drugs, is also growing and now Chief Cecil and Sheriff Black are teaming up to create a Drug Task Force.

“Without working together, we’re not going to accomplish anything. We gotta keep going and that’s why we’re trying to get this drug task force started. If we can get everybody with the same goal and keep going after this, we’re going to accomplish more than trying to do it ourselves,” said Sheriff Black.

By combining forces for a joint Drug Task Force, these departments will be able to patrol a wider area, as well as pursue dealers across state lines.

In order to determine how to get the necessary funding, Chief Cecil has recently spoken to West Virginia Congressman David McKinley and Bill Ihlenfeld, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

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