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January 6, 2013

Clarksville Police Department focusing on stamping out the town’s robust drug scene

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CLARKSVILLE — By the Numbers

The detectives attribute the early success of the Narcotics Division to the work of the department’s uniform officers and the guidance they have received from surrounding agencies with active drug squads including the Jeffersonville, New Albany, Louisville police departments, Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, FBI and DEA.

“We have been able to shadow them a little bit or bounce questions off them to help us feel out what is going to work,” Walls said. “A lot of the reason we have had so much success is from their trials and errors in the past.”

Since the Narcotics Division was assembled earlier this year, its detectives report having made more that 80 drug-related arrest and busted four methamphetamine labs and four marijuana cultivation operation.

The Division reports the drugs, including, cocaine and heroin, it has seized total a street value in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It also reports seizing $80,000 cash and automobiles.

DeMoss and Walls said the department’s new, aggressive posture toward combating drug activity in Clarksville has been well received by the community.

“The public now, especially in Clarksville, sees that we are being proactive when it comes to drugs.” DeMoss said.

DeMoss said with the support of the Palmer’s administration, the Narcotics Division is prepared to let drug dealers know that if they use the streets of Clarksville to sell their dope, they will eventually be arrested and prosecuted.

“We are here to stay. If people want to bring drugs into Clarksville, they want to set up shop, they want to deal, then we are going to come get them,” he said. “It may not be tomorrow. It might not be next week. It might not be next month, but we are coming, and it is just a matter of time.”

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