Grantville Police ramp up anti-drug campaign

by Celia Shortt

The Grantville Police Department is increasing its anti-drug efforts with help from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol.

“This past weekend, we had a total of nine arrests, and five were drug-related,” said Grantville Police Department Investigator Scott Wilson. “Of the five (suspects), three ran, but all were apprehended.”

These arrests were made through recently organized road/ safety checks, also known as driver’s license insurance checks in the city of Grantville. They were set up with the assistance of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol.

“With the recent media coverage of what happened in our city, I have gained the overwhelming support of all surrounding law enforcement agencies, especially our sheriff’s department and the state patrol,” said Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan. “Both these agencies have recently helped in our city for enforcement of laws including drug interdiction.”

“Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol have been really good,” added Wilson. “(They) have been helping us out a lot.”

“We’re an assist agency and we help anybody we can to whoever is asking for the assistance,” said Sergeant First Class James Corbett, Post Commander for Georgia State Patrol Post 24 based in Coweta.

In addition to the safety checks, the Grantville Police Department is making more arrests, some as a result of routine traffic stops. Grantville citizens also seem supportive of these increased measures, the Grantville officers said.

“We are making drug arrests almost daily,” said Jordan. “Citizens of Grantville who come through our safety checks say thank you to the officers,” he said. “(They also) say things like please keep up the good work.”

Despite these increased efforts and arrests, the Grantville Police Department is low on manpower and is working to compensate for the shortage, Jordan said.

“All officers are supportive of our anti-drug efforts,” said Jordan. “Of course its our job to enforce laws, including the illegal narcotics laws. Through continued drug enforcement training we will further our efforts to hinder the drug sales and usage in our city.”

“Because of manpower shortage of our department we can not devote the needed time for complete drug interdiction,” added Jordan. “Hence the desire I had to be able to create a drug task force.”

“We’re doing the best we can with the people we have,” said Wilson.

The police department is also continuing some ongoing drug investigations and will continue to step up their efforts with the traffic coming through Grantville.



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