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May 13, 2014

Whitley needs a new sheriff

CORBIN — This letter is written in support of a letter to the editor written by Linda Lee Adkins about the upcoming Whitley County Sheriff’s election. There is a great problem that has and continues to plague Whitley County — drugs!

The crippling effects of this problem ripple out into many areas — but namely, our youth pay the price for this unresolved epidemic.

The local paper said there have been so many needles and syringes found on the streets of Williamsburg that it became a health hazard. These were not coming from pharmacies.

This is the city where Sheriff Harrell works — when he is there. Sheriff Harrell cried for two years for lack of funding. But now the sheriff’s department has purchased a brand new pickup truck for Harrell to make his daily commute in. It seems to me, what he needs is a sedan equipped to haul prisoners if need be. We’ve never seen a pickup truck with prisoners stacked in the back.

We feel it is high-time that the citizens of Whitley County wake up and demand that major drug dealers are put behind bars! All these one- and two-pill offenders that are being picked up through the sheriff’s department are users being furnished by major drug dealers in the county.

The availability of these drugs, and the lack of law enforcement, is absolutely destroying our youth! I challenge anyone to bring up a major drug bust that Sheriff Harrell was involved in — throughout his 30 years as a state trooper, or in the three years he has been Whitley County Sheriff.

The saddest part of all this is the amount of overdoses that exists in our county each year. If you have any doubt of this fact, call Andy Croley, our coroner.

The only major drug busts that have been made in Whitley County have been brought to justice by UNITE.

In the past, we had a bootlegger and drug dealer in the Corn Creek area who was in operation for 30-plus years. Insistence by neighbors had him arrested 15-20 times, but he was never once indicted or put behind bars. Within two to three hours of his arrest, he would be back home and in business again.

When UNITE put him under surveillance, he was averaging more than 400 customers per day. Alcohol, drugs, and stolen property were all confiscated. It is reported that he gave testimony to authorities that he was paying $1,200 protection money to stay in business.

There is one of these dealers in almost every neighborhood. We need a new sheriff — one who will make sure these dealers are brought before the court system one by one.

It is up to the citizens of Whitley County to make sure this gets done!

Tammy Moore,

Corbin

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