Sheriff’s Department launches high visibility drug interdiction program

If you were out and about town on Friday, you may have noticed an unusually high number of law enforcement vehicles patrolling Florence County. Perhaps you were pulled over on two separate occasions for a broken taillight. The reason for this is a new tactic the Florence County Sheriff’s Department is using in attempt to stem the influx of illegal drugs into our area.

The tactic, called high visibility drug interdiction, brings agencies from the region together to conduct traffic related stops to locate drug suspects and drugs in vehicles. Officers are also looking for impaired drivers, focusing on drug-impaired driving.

“The effort resulted in three custodial arrests, one male suspect and two female suspects involving possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia,” said Sheriff Jeff Rickaby.

For the full story, see this week’s edition of The Florence Mining News.