Traffic Stops Lead to Drug Arrests

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Police say it's a growing problem in our region and they are trying to control it.

Traffic stops are leading to more drug related arrests.

In less than two weeks Middlesboro Police confiscated more than 300 pills, two cars, and ten thousand dollars in cash.

All arrests were made by traffic stops.

Police say they continue to pull more and more people over that are related to the Florida drug trade.

There is no denying the beauty of the tri-states and police can't deny its drug problem.

"I think it is the location where all three states join. It is pretty much a pipeline to Florida. You get on the interstate and you are gone," said David Cornelius with the Bell County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department depends on neighboring counties to fight the drug war.

"I think through roundups and working with other agencies, we are making a dent in it," said Cornelius.

To combat the problem, police are making more traffic stops hoping to put alleged drug dealers behind bars.

Middlesboro police say most of their recent arrests are related to the Florida drug trade.

"Their prescriptions that they have had come from Florida doctors or a Florida pharmacy. So we know it has been coming from that area," said David Buis with the Middlesboro Police.

Police say drug roundups, undercover buys, and traffic stops will help control the drug situation, but they depend on folks.

"All these tips lead to arrests and the more people we can arrest, makes streets safer for all of us," said Buis.

Hoping to stop drug dealers at the boarder.

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