Our opinion:?A new task force
Don’t get the idea that because there is currently no active drug task force in Warren County, that there are no drug investigations going on or drug arrests made.
Don’t get the idea that because there is currently no active drug task force, that Warren County has become a safe haven, a Mecca for drug dealers and consumers.
And, don’t get the idea that Warren County’s drug problem has disappeared.
But, don’t get the idea that we are better without a drug task force than with one.
Prior to the official dissolution of the task force last year with the change in the District Attorney’s office, there were problems. And, those problems led to a deficiency of confidence.
Some bad buys were made; a couple of cases were either dismissed or withdrawn; both things that aren’t unheard of with any similar task force, but damaging nonetheless.
The City of Warren dropped out.
Now, the new District Attorney, under whose auspices the drug task force operates, has vowed to bring it back.
We hope it is more than a simple resurrection, but rather a total reconstruction, a new sense of mission and determination.
A drug task force made up of multiple law enforcement agencies and with its own investigator(s) is a valuable tool in the fight against the multiple threats of drug abuse, from bath salts to barbituates, from opiates to cocaine.