COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Recent crime in Columbus County have county commissioners looking into ways they can help sheriff's deputies crack down on drug activity.
One option would be to give undercover investigators more resources.
County commissioners say that everyone knows where to go buy drugs in each community they live in throughout the county. So they say that they want to make sure sheriff's deputies have the right tools to decrease the problem.
Commissioner Ricky Bullard says they've received recommendations from deputies on how to help crack down on drugs.
According to Bullard, one idea is to give deputies $20,000, so undercover investigators will have more money to buy drugs.
Bullard says that since Columbus County is very large geographically, deputies believe that will be more efficient, due to limited manpower. He believes if they can decrease drug activity, crime in general will go down.
"I think when people are hooked on drugs, they do thing desperate of the need for it,” said Bullard. “I think they'll steal and do things they ordinarily would not do. It affects everybody. Innocent people affected by activities from drugs.”
Commissioners and sheriff's deputies plan to talk more about this idea at next month's county commissioners meeting.
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