United States: 'Undercover' war waged in 2002
Pubdate: Sun Dec 22 13:48:57 2002
Source: Courier-Tribune, The (NC)
Copyright: 2002, Stephens Media Group
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'Undercover' war waged in 2002, Sunday, December 22,
2002'Undercover' war waged in 2002Drug Task Force
update: Fight hits street levelBy Kerry Kesler
Staff Writer, The Courier-Tribune
ASHEBORO - Even with a drug treatment court now in
place and a drug-sniffing dog on duty, members of the
Asheboro Drug Task Force are not resting on their
The fight to keep drugs off our streets continues - and
there's still a need for people to get involved.
"Drug money is such a lure," Gary Mason, Asheboro
Police Department chief, said in a Thursday interview.
"Dependency on drugs ruins people's lives. It ruins
their family's assets. It leads to theft, robbery, and
prostitution. It's is creating a nightmare situation in
all our communities."
It has been nearly two years since Mason called
concerned citizens to a "Drug Summit" meeting where he
pleaded for community involvement in anti-drug efforts.
Mason, head of the Asheboro Drug Task Force, said 2002
was a critical year in the effort to remove drugs from
The Drug Task Force is comprised of people from all
areas of the community. Local elected officials,
business people, pastors and concerned citizens meet
monthly to address the problems that drug abuse brings.
Task force member Paul Trollinger said Thursday that he
was encouraged by the effort law enforcement put out
this year - on the city streets.
"Sometimes, people think not much is being done in
their neighborhood to reduce the amount of drugs,"
Trollinger said. "But, Gary (Mason) keeps us informed
about what is happening in the community as far as
different neighborhoods are concerned. And there is
always some undercover work going on."
Drug purchases and arrests by undercover officers were
made 64 times in Asheboro as of Dec. 18. Mason said he
depends on information from people in the community in
order to know where to send undercover officers.
Along with drug buys, Asheboro vice and narcotics and
street crime officers had served 18 search warrants,
conducted five consent searches and made 24 on-the-spot
apprehensions through mid-December.
The majority of the drug activity involved crack
cocaine, the statistics showed.
"People get frustrated, I know," Mason said. "They call
and expect us to come out and arrest someone for
selling drugs as soon as they call. But, the fact is,
as soon as a marked patrol car rolls up, the dealers
disappear. Drug dealers just won't sell to a uniformed
officer. It takes time."
Mason said his officers have developed working
relationships with other agencies including the
Randolph County Sheriff's Office, The U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms (ATF) agency, the Secret Service, the U.S.
Social Security agency, as well as the N.C. Department
of Alcohol Law Enforcement (A.L.E.) and N.C. Department
"We are working regularly with all of these
professionals," Mason said. "The ideas on how to put
this together all came from ideas given after the drug
Mason said at least four properties in Asheboro were
closed to drug sales with the aid of the nuisance
abatement efforts of the A.L.E. this year, and more are
on the way.
"We don't want to take someone's property away," Mason
said. "We will inform a property owner that something
illegal is happening and counsel them on how to handle
the situation. The A.L.E. helps us gather information
on illegal activities so we can show someone what the
situation is. If they won't handle the problem, we
threaten civil action. This is a time-consuming
process. But we owe it to citizens of Asheboro to make
The Asheboro Police Department also received its first
drug-sniffing dog this year, courtesy of the Citizens
for a Drug Free Community, an organization that
pre-dates the drug task force.
The dog is earning its keep, according to Mason.
That's something Paul Trollinger is glad to hear.
"Olin Lee is chairman of that organization," Trollinger
said. "I'm on that committee, too. We paid about $3,000
for the dog. Gary (Mason) tells me the drug dog is
doing a wonderful job, and he wants another one next
year. This organization also led the way in purchasing
equipment for the A.L.E.R.T. (Asheboro Law enforcement
Emergency Response Team) team. This has been a
community effort and we were glad to lead the pack on
raising money for that."
Trollinger, a city council member, also had high praise
for the newly-established Drug Treatment Court and its
efforts to control drugs by helping the addicted users.
"I applaud Judge (William) Neely and his group. I think
it is wonderful for our community to have people from
the judicial system who are willing to stick their neck
out and go beyond the call of duty to do something like
that," Trollinger said. "Neely will be the first to
tell you that everything has not been as successful as
they would wish, but at least they're moving in the
right direction. They are making progress, and they
have not lost heart."
Task force member Carmen Liberatore, also a member of
the treatment court committee, agrees.
"We took a big step this year by establishing a drug
treatment court in our community. Nothing but good can
come from that."
Mason, Trollinger and Liberatore agree that there is a
need for people to come forward and help in the fight
"Very few neighborhoods in the area have not been
directly affected by drugs," Mason said. "We are far
from stamping out the problem. We fight it every day.
We are still getting a few calls from people about drug
activity in their area. We encourage everyone to get
involved and give us information on illegal activity.
Take down everything you can about what you see and the
people you see. Call law enforcement. We may not drive
up in a marked car, but the information is collected
and acted on."
"Get in touch with the police force," Trollinger said.
"Or call me, or the mayor (David Jarrell) or call Olin
Lee, or talk to your pastor. Several pastors are
members of the task force."
"We need to be the eyes and ears of our law enforcement
officers," Liberatore said. "I wish more people would
get involved and not just leave this problem to police.
"Drug Treatment Court can use money, if someone wants
to contribute. They're working under a matching funds
grant. People involved in drug court need help finding
jobs. If one business would take on the responsibility
of helping one person, the job would get done."
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