Big Spring Police Fighting Drug Problems

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Big Spring Police are busy making busts. Just last week, they hauled in more than a dozen people suspected of drug and gang activity. NewsWest9 went to find out exactly what they're dealing with and how they're trying to clean up these crimes.

Big Spring Police are trying to stop the drug problems in their city. Last week, they arrested over a dozen people for drug and gang related charges.

NewsWest 9 talked to the Chief of Police. He tells NewsWest 9 what they are doing in town and how they are trying to clean up with this problem.

"Five years ago, the Council was inundated with complaints about drug dealers and drug problems in Big Spring. The Council raised taxes so that we could form a narcotics unit," Big Spring Police Chief, Lonnie Smith, said.

Since then, Big Spring has been working on the city's drug problem, so far, they have put many in prison.

"When we started the narcotics unit we had dealers out of Amarillo and Lubbock that had moved in here then they had local people that were dealing for them as well,"  Smith said.

Last week, police arrested a total of 15 people. They worked together with other agencies to put the dealers behind bars. But the Chief says it's not always easy catching these guys especially in a small city like Big Spring.

"The smaller the community the harder it is to work undercover or to work some of this stuff, everyone knows everybody," Smith said.

After working on the cases for months, police recovered marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroin, cash and weapons. Not only did they arrest people for selling narcotics but they also took some in for gang related offenses.

"Whenever the prisoner gets released from prison if they have known gang affiliation, we're notified of that documented affiliation and one of the things we try to work with is through parole, through probation, if we have warrants or information," Smith said.

Now that these dealers are in jail, police hope they have made an impact in the local drug business and they know that their work is still not over.

"It's been a constant battle and until we kill the demand for the narcotics, there is going to be someone willing to supply," Smith said.