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Complaints spur drug arrests

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Community complaints spurred a 10-day crackdown by narcotics deputies that had resulted in 236 arrests or citations by Wednesday.

The enforcement effort started last week as narcotics investigators teamed up with crime suppression and K-9 deputies and fanned out into neighborhoods most prone to drug problems.

The operation began each day in the early evening and continued into the morning as deputies targeted drug dealers and buyers.

All told, there were 52 felony drug arrests, 127 misdemeanor citations and 31 arrests on outstanding warrants, Sgt. Allan Rollins said.

There were 26 disorderly conduct charges against suspects who resisted arrest, and 12 others were taken into custody on sundry charges such as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Rollins said.

He didn't have an exact figure on the amount of drugs seized, but he estimated their street value at $20,000.

Targeted neighborhoods included Harrisburg, Apple Valley, Bethlehem and Old Savannah Road. Some suspects rolled through stop signs and committed other traffic violations in their haste to get away, "which only made it easier to pull them over," Rollins said.

The people in the neighborhood expressed their appreciation for cleaning up the streets, Rollins added.

He noted that the only downside to such an extensive operation is the amount of paperwork it generates.

"It is stacked up around here," he said.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/04/10 - 11:16 pm
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Must be an election year

Must be an election year where the mayor has a challenging candidate who lives in the neighborhood......

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/05/10 - 12:09 am
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The war on drugs keeps the

The war on drugs keeps the price and profit high so these arrests will only mark a very temporary lull in the traffic. It's been done before, this year.

datarelease
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datarelease 08/05/10 - 01:14 am
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Kudos cliff. You nailed it,

Kudos cliff.
You nailed it, and early on too.
See my icon for the only real solution to the drug problem.

And lemme save you some Marxist reading:
Change our society to one which doesn't need drugs to escape it meaninglessness.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/05/10 - 04:36 am
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Dittos to Baron and Johnston.

Dittos to Baron and Johnston. This is in response to Lori Davis' work. Secondly, the war on drugs is a waste of money. Legalize, tax and control them.

lsmith
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lsmith 08/05/10 - 05:18 am
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Good Job! But, don't let the
Unpublished

Good Job! But, don't let the paperwork aspect of enforcement slow you down. Now if we could only get the Immigration and Customs Enforcement organization to be pro-active in doing their jobs. 236 arrests in 10 days and largely because officers KNEW where to go. Immigration officials KNOW where to go, they just don't want to be bogged down with handling the paperwork and housing the prisoners till they are cleared for deportation.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 08/05/10 - 06:23 am
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I'm not impressed. After

I'm not impressed. After reading the rap sheet of the "Meter Reader" all of these felons will be back on the street to keep dealing. If anything, we now have more qualified applicants for low level city jobs.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 08/05/10 - 07:26 am
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There's the legalize crowd.

There's the legalize crowd. Found one to sink your teeth into early this morning. What are your opinions on the war on terror, the war on child molestation, the war on domestic violence, the war on rape? I'm sure your for legalizing and taxing terrorism, rape, molestation and battery since they continue despite law enforcement's best efforts.

CATFISHSTEW
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CATFISHSTEW 08/05/10 - 07:47 am
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236 arrest...and only 20,000

236 arrest...and only 20,000 seized....does not sound like profit are
high to me ...They must be giving it away...And oh they sure surprised
me .with the neighborhoods they mentioned..I would have thought that
West Lake, Jones Creek surprise surprise...not

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/05/10 - 07:55 am
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kudos, but my guess is about

kudos, but my guess is about 90% will be back on the street in a week to ten days, why??? no jail space, i would be willing to bet that 90% of the 236 have priors or were out on probation/parole. this situation will get no worse until augusta and all other towns, cities truly get tough on crime by locking them up and throwing away the key. what good is arresting them when they will be let out anyway, the same amount of tax dollars will be spent one way or another, either by the need for more police, useless "programs", increased cost beared by society for those who are the crime victims, or schemes aimed at those who refuse to take advantage of what all there is to offer to become productive members of society or we could just cut to the chase and build more and bigger prisons and start locking up the offenders for long periods of time so when they do get out they are no longer a danger/threat to society or they are dead, which ever comes first

CATFISHSTEW
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CATFISHSTEW 08/05/10 - 08:15 am
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I agree lifelong

I agree lifelong resident...about the prison thing I hope they don't use
the contractor that build the Butler Gym. There was a genius if there ever
was one. They must of had the contract for the 4th street jail.It' a shame
you can't construct a building out of concrete that wont last 25 years.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 08/05/10 - 08:18 am
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When you want to stop the

When you want to stop the activity of drug-slinging hood-rat thugs, then you go to where the drug-slingling hood-rat thugs are....right?

reader54
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reader54 08/05/10 - 08:42 am
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3G: Well said. Let me add

3G: Well said. Let me add that while we are "spinning" this so called "War on Drugs", Big Pharma has stepped in to make billions in the narcotics market. You see just as much Pharma drugs on the street as you do Cartel drugs.(oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, xanax, etc.)Big Pharma wants to be the American medicator and are pushing this so called "War". War on their Profits?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/05/10 - 08:48 am
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HECK YES! This is what must

HECK YES! This is what must be done. ACTION.

You all can blather on about how this will do no good but I disagree, the problem is that the Sheriff doesn't have the logistics to do this in a sustained operation.

The Sheriff needs more cash for his police commandos and he needs an expanded admin support section to alleviate the paper work off the shoulders of the operators out there doing the door kicking.

I can tell all you folks one thing, ANY action like this is better than NO action.

Take the money away from useless groups like the DDA and give it to the Sheriff to help expand his capabilities. He needs more intel, more officers on the street, better equipment, better training, and more logistical and admin support.

Good job.

Oh by the way, it would also help if the sheriff had better ords with more teeth, like the CNPO.

Go Lori!

Brad

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/05/10 - 08:56 am
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datarelease, Yeah, the

datarelease,

Yeah, the commies seem to have the police control of society behavior down pat. I agree that commies have much better ways of dealing with folks who break the State's rules. Most times it was death. That seems to be the best way a commie deals with law breakers.

Too bad they consider free speech, God Squad activities, gun ownership, open access internet, free press, and other such freedoms as dangerous crimes against the State too.

Commies always fail because people are not programmed right to be good commies. And the way the commies re-educate folks, trying to change human nature, violates certain basic human rights, so no I would have to disagree that turning our county government into a communist one is not the answer.

By the way, how old are you?

Brad

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/05/10 - 09:15 am
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Reader ..Ya right again!

Reader ..Ya right again!

disssman
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disssman 08/05/10 - 10:13 am
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Now I know why the Drug Store

Now I know why the Drug Store at the Woodlake childrens park is still in business and thriving. Went to the gas station yesterday. On the way saw two cruisers talking with one of the store owners and was happy that something was being done. Returned about 15 minutes later and the punk had just moved his operation a few hundred feet up the street and was already on the phone doing a sale. The sheriff dosent need more people, he needs to manage the ones he has which is over 600 employees if you don't count the school patrol and Phinizy operation which has 95 people. BTW slow down on paperwork filling out. The longer it takes, the longer crooks are inconvenienced.

reader54
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reader54 08/05/10 - 10:23 am
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Seenit: Long time, no hear.

Seenit: Long time, no hear. Hope all is well.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/05/10 - 10:43 am
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UshouldnthaveThursday, Aug. 5

UshouldnthaveThursday, Aug. 5 7:26 AM There's the legalize crowd. Found one to sink your teeth into early this morning. What are your opinions on the war on terror, the war on child molestation, the war on domestic violence, the war on rape? I'm sure your for legalizing and taxing terrorism, rape, molestation and battery since they continue despite law enforcement's best efforts.
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ummm......yeah.....it would seem that you confuse one person's choice to take drugs to the stark violation of the rights of others when they are raped, molested or violated. If you would actually think about, ummmm.......yeah......you might see a little bit of difference between the two.

3g
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3g 08/05/10 - 10:59 am
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Reader54 - I said it so well

Reader54 - I said it so well it got deleted , go figure ?????

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/05/10 - 11:04 am
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Oh, you might want to tell

Oh, you might want to tell law enforcement, if I could figure out the tall slender black guy in the tucked in golf shirt, casual belted slacks, dignified walk with good posture and haircut, and a black earbud in his ear that walked down into the neighborhood from the high school he had just left his car, was surveillance, from yards away, you KNOW the thugs scattered from a mile away when they saw him coming. Try to be a little less obvious. Good grief. Maybe you could've added a few more arrests if you had been.

Parental Reformist
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Parental Reformist 08/05/10 - 11:25 am
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I find it so amazing that

I find it so amazing that people are saying this is a ploy by the Mayor to get votes. He should not need to do the sheriff's job to get your votes. He has brought jobs and revenue to this county, and tried like heck to get rid of the good ole boy system. However, your inefficient council will not get the job done that needs to be done. So if you think Davis, with just a loud mouth and no experience can get the job done, go ahead and vote for her. Might get the streets cleaned up for a while, but when the jobs are gone, more dealers will be made to make ends meet! As far as the drug problem goes I agree, with the overcrowding in the prison system they are let off way too easy. If you break the law you should have to pay for it, period!

flipa
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flipa 08/05/10 - 11:32 am
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No arrest on East Boundary,

No arrest on East Boundary, East Telfair, Underwood, etc.etc. etc??? P-lease they haven't even scratched the surface. ha ah ah. I don't smoke anything and i hope those who do quit to enjoy the freedom of not being a slave to a habit brings. We need to TAX the HELL out of these things by putting them behind the pharmacy counter where they can be controlled. We will NEVER win the drug war as long as a 10 yr old kid can STILL go to East Boundary, East Telfair, Underwood, ALL the projects, almost every section 8 home and buy drugs like they can T-O-D-A-Y. When something that has been against the law this long is WINNING the drug war so well that we have to take patrols off the home invasions, robbery's, rapes and murders to chase these scum something needs to change. Every day that passes our worst enemies are getting RICH off drug profits. Cops are being shot down in RECORD numbers in larger cities in this drug war and soon we will be attending some funerals of some of our best cops if we continue this insanity. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over and expecting a different result. Set up farms to grow the stuff here in the U.S. like California is and most of the addicts that we are chasing will turn themselves in to work on them. Some City of Augusta empolyees & politicians may be first in line to apply. 2 birds, 1 stone. ah ahaha

Emerydan
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Emerydan 08/05/10 - 11:46 am
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Hey Parental reformist.. What

Hey Parental reformist.. What jobs has Deke brought to Augusta? And for the record, there are fewer jobs and more unemployed in Augusta today then when Deke took office.. not blaming him for that, but this myth that he has brought all of these jobs and development to Augusta is just that, a myth. Where is it? And why does it take someone to seriously challenge the mayor in an election in order to get the ball rolling on what should be done all the time? And Deke challenging the good-oleboy network?? Oh man, that is a good one.. he is part of the local good-ole-boy network.. they put him up to run (with no prior experience I might add) and financed his campaign.

missaugusta07
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missaugusta07 08/05/10 - 11:52 am
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Well they have seemed to

Well they have seemed to forgotten,Cherry Tree Crossing,Williamsburg Apts,Cook Rd.It's so much drug activity downtown in River Glen it's crazy...and they have a police sub station on the property but there are never any police there..All the boyfriends,baby daddies staying with the baby moma's selling to keep those nice cars,keep her in nice clothes,nails,thats why I say AHA needs to start doing a better job on how they allow those young girls to get those apts,you start there it will stop some not all,do the right thing Augusta and stop complaining when you're part of the problem.Stop feeding the snake thats biting you!!

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 08/05/10 - 11:54 am
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Baron, i've seen what meth,

Baron, i've seen what meth, coke, heroin, etc. do to people. You actually believe that if you tax and regulate this poison the people addicted to it won't steal, rob, and murder to get more of it? Legal dope will be just as destructive as the illegal variety that they kill for now. But you keep your head in the sand.

weallneed
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weallneed 08/05/10 - 11:56 am
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I like the guy who commented

I like the guy who commented that communism will make people want to give up drugs. HAHAHAHA! Only because in a communist society, everyone lives under the threat of a gun.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/05/10 - 12:24 pm
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Head in the sand? lol. How is

Head in the sand? lol. How is the war on drugs coming along? You plan on doing the same thing for decades to come and expecting to arrive at a different result? Ludicrous. Delusional.

reader54
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reader54 08/05/10 - 12:59 pm
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3G: Yeah, I was wandering

3G: Yeah, I was wandering what had happened to your post. I don't see what the problem could have been with it.

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 08/05/10 - 01:57 pm
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Parental reformist: Article 2

Parental reformist: Article 2 Mayor; Section 1-2-27;the Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of Augusta-Richmond County. It shall be his duty to have the ordinances and laws governing Augusta-Richmond County put in full force. Also, bringing jobs is great, however, most choose to live in Columbia County and North Augusta because of the drug and thug problem in Richmond County.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 08/05/10 - 02:21 pm
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What's delusional is to think

What's delusional is to think that legalization and taxation solves the problem. If you want to put in successful treatment programs i'm with you, but this poison can never be legally obtainable. Legalization of dope would lead to the destruction of society, but so will arguing with crazy people.

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