North Central Florida Sheriffs Team Up to Crack Down on Drugs
Union County is declaring a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs. Last year, there were 8,300 drug related deaths in Florida. Union County hopes to see this number drop significantly by partnering with other local agencies.
Sheriffs from across North Central Florida gathered at the Union County line this morning to solidify a plan to eradicate drugs from the area. Sheriffs from Union, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, and Columbia counties attended the reveal of the new Union County "Zero Drug Tolerance" sign.
Union County Sheriff Brad Whitehead says, "We're going to aggressively go after the drugs and do our part slowing down and stopping the drugs. We're going to do everything we can to stop them."
And that includes partnering with neighboring counties, like Alachua. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell says, "We have resources from the standpoint of our personnel, we have equipment, intelligence is probably the most important of all those-- sharing information."
She says the new sign and team effort against drugs will benefit North Central Florida as a whole.
Sheriff Darnell says, "If we don't, each of us have pockets-- our own counties-- taking a stand as Sheriffs against the drug problem, then the traffickers will just move into wherever the weak spot is. So by joining forces like this we make sure our region is solidified and stronger because of our collaboration."
Sheriff Whitehead says he expects to see an increase in drug arrests in Union County attributed to this partnership.
Union County is installing 23 of those Zero Tolerance signs, one at each county line.