Judge Michael Brady, Sheriff Andy Smith, and Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley briefed the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club Thursday on the activities of the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force and the drug epidemic in Logan County.
Sheriff Smith reported that that the Task Force has seized $80,000 in drugs and three vehicles, while amassing 80 drug-related indictments. He said that Logan County’s proximity to larger metropolitan areas, such as Franklin County, makes Logan County an attractive area for dealers. Dealers, he pointed out, are not the same as users, as dealers are strict capitalists who will go from door-to-door selling their various drugs. As sentencing criminals for drugs and firearms varies from county to county, fewer dealers are being sent to prison, causing overcrowding problems at the Logan County Jail.
Chief Standley shared the effects of the heroin influx in the city, saying that the dealers are often violent and endanger the community as a whole. Drug-related crimes, Standley continued, are on the rise and this has an effect on businesses, hospitals, schools, and families. He went on to insist that parents must understand the signs of drug abuse and that residents must be aware of what is happening with their children and neighborhoods as a first step into ridding out drugs.
Judge Brady explained the connection of heroin addiction, which often leads to more crime in the form of theft and violence as addicts become more desperate to feed their growing habits.
In other news, Alan Hale reported that the annual Kiwanis’ Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center was a huge success as 435 meals were served last Saturday.
Members are also remained that the Kiwanis Make-A-Difference Day is Saturday and the club members will be assisting the Aktion Club with a trash pickup at RTC Industries and cleanup duties at Myeerah Recreation Area. Members will also be serving at Our Daily Bread on Monday.
The Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at Café 212 at noon.