breaking news

Various area school districts investigate vague shooting threats

Sheriff’s office, Clark County police team up for drug task force


A new law enforcement task force comprised of several small communities in Clark County aims to crack down on drug trafficking and abuse.

Clark County commissioners recently approved a mutual agreement to allow jurisdiction lines to be crossed to form the Clark County Vice and Organized Crime Task Force.

The idea was planted years ago, said Enon Police Chief Lew Wilcox, when smaller towns and villages like Enon voiced they would like to partner with each other to look into drug trafficking and abuse.

“When you bring a task force together, you bring together different players, different departments and often times come up with better ideas,” Wilcox said.

>>READ MORE: Springfield brothers accused of selling drugs near preschool

The new directive will include officers from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, South Charleston, Enon, Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

“In an effort to better combat drug trafficking, we decided to bring our resources together,” Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said.

The combined effort will also mean strength in numbers, Kelly said, to conduct investigations and do search warrants.

These types of teams are already in play in Montgomery County, Wilcox said, and should be a benefit to Clark County.

Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana pass through big cities, like Dayton, to small towns in Clark County every day, law enforcement leaders said.

“We seem to be right at the hub of it, so we want to work together with other agencies to put a stop to it,” Wilcox said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has a team of 10 deputies in the investigations unit. They’ll allocate two detectives and a sergeant to head the task force, Kelly said.

The towns and villages will then offer assistance when they can, Wilcox said.

>>RELATED STORY: Clark County sheriff to get new police dog

The task force won’t cost communities or taxpayers any extra money, Kelly said, because each office is using deputies already on staff, without extra hours.

“And so we’re trying to pool our resources to address these drug trafficking complaints,” the sheriff said.

Since 2008, the number of overdose deaths in Ohio has risen by more than 600 percent, according to statewide data.

In 2015, a record 72 people died of unintentional drug overdoses in Clark County. So far in 2016, the county has seen 39 confirmed unintentional overdose deaths, according to Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh. But that number will likely go up since the coroner’s office is awaiting results of several toxicology reports on additional deaths, he said.

Enon is an example of a community in the middle of drug arteries Interstates 70 and 675, Wilcox said.

New Carlisle along the 235 corridor also sees a lot of drug trafficking complaints from residents, Kelly said.

People who live in the communities said they are on board with any new ideas to stop drug abuse, trafficking and deaths.

“Anything you can do to quit or hinder or reduce the drug problem that we have, not just in this community, but in all the other communities, is the way to go,” Dan Zambon of Enon said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

What is Graves’ disease? Wendy Williams opens up about her condition
What is Graves’ disease? Wendy Williams opens up about her condition

Fans of the “Wendy Williams Show” will have to watch re-runs for nearly a month, because the media maven is taking a three-week hiatus to treat her Graves’ disease.  >> Read more trending news  She made the announcement on air Wednesday, revealing that her doctor is requiring her to take a break from work to &ldquo...
Mysterious, unknown humming noise driving residents crazy for years
Mysterious, unknown humming noise driving residents crazy for years

Residents of a Canadian town have been plagued with a bizarre humming noise for years and say it’s completely wreaking havoc on the city. >> Read more trending news  The persisting humming has been going on for years and has been described as a similar sound as a truck idling or distant thunder. Some residents even say that the noise...
Alleged Florida high school shooter has $800,000 inheritance, reports say
Alleged Florida high school shooter has $800,000 inheritance, reports say

The alleged gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., has an inheritance from his adoptive parents worth $800,000, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  But Nikolas Cruz, 19, who now has a public defender at taxpayer expense as his attorney in his murder case, cannot access...
Boy ‘apologetic,’ faces charges after gun found at Springfield school
Boy ‘apologetic,’ faces charges after gun found at Springfield school

An 8-year-old Springfield student at Simon Kenton Elementary School faces charges for allegedly bringing an unloaded gun to the school. A teacher found the .380 semi-auto pistol in the student’s backpack while putting homework inside his backpack, according to Springfield Police Capt. Mike Kranz. The student will face a charge of possession of...
‘Bad Art’ raises money for Champaign County arts programs
‘Bad Art’ raises money for Champaign County arts programs

The Champaign County Arts Council is holding its sixth fundraiser to support community programs. Bad Art by Good People takes local leaders from the community and they create a work of art, said Executive Director Heath Brackney. None of them are professional artists, she said. Each local leader has the option to have a professional mentor and help...
More Stories