Laurel Narc. Officers Help With Ellisville Drug Problem - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Laurel Narc. Officers Help With Ellisville Drug Problem

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The city of Ellisville acknowledged it has a severe drug problem.  The neighboring city of Laurel is prepared to help.

Crystal meth, heroin, prescription pills, marijuana...According to Police Chief Bruce Russell, Ellisville has seen an influx of it all lately.

"It's the same here as it is anywhere else," Russell said.  "It's a pandemic of not just one certain drug."

Being in a small town with limited resources, Russell and Mayor Tim Waldrup reached out to their friends in Laurel for help.

"We're all here together," Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said.  "We're in the region of Jones County and the Pine Belt, and we just want to help each other and cooperate with each other."

Mayor Waldrup and Mayor Magee signed an agreement allowing Laurel to send some of its narcotic officers to aid Ellisville police when the opportunity arises.

"We're close enough to each other that what affects one affects the other," Magee said.

"You're looking at a distance of eight miles between towns," Russell said.  "The same ones that are dealing drugs up there are coming down here."

Russell said it's vital for agencies to help each other combat illegal drugs.

"We have to because the drug dealers are working together," Russell said.  "We're going to have to work together."

According to him, this plan will help break the barriers of jurisdiction.  He has a warning for drug users and dealers.

"Just keep doing it because we've got a place for you," Russell said.  

Attorney General Jim Hood has approved the plan.

Magee expects the Laurel narcotics officers to be sworn in at Ellisville within the next 30 days.

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