By Victor Lopez
BIG SPRING - Just this Sunday, two people and an unborn baby were killed in a drive-by shooting, but Big Spring Police say they are making big dents in the problem, even though they are under staffed.
After a five month, undercover operation, the Narcotics Unit of the Big Spring Police Department filed 73 charges against 44 suspected drug dealers.
The sting wrapped up in April. The drugs officials were able to buy ranged from cocaine and crack cocaine to meth and ecstasy.
After the West Texas Narcotics Task Force was disbanded, enforcement was limited, due to lack of resources and funding.
Big Spring Narcotics Officer Brian Gordan says city officials saw what was going on, and decided it was time to take action, so they funded the project.
"The city actually voted, went above the tax rollback rate, because they saw a problem, they saw a narcotics problem in Big Spring, they were fed up and decided it was time to do something about it," Sgt. Brian Gordan with the Big Spring Narcotics Unit, said.
Gordan tells NewsWest 9, that this type of operation allows them to go to the root of the problem by hitting the street dealers.
And the distributors, instead of people who possess drugs for personal use.
In the last 30 days, 20 of the 44 defendants have already been arrested.
They all face felony charges for delivery of a controlled substance.
The investigation of course is ongoing, and authorities say, they expect more arrests will be made.