Even with drug busts each day, it feels like we never really get ahead of this epidemic on the streets in our city. My drug task force has stopped some extremely large shipments of drugs from getting into the hands of people in our city, but if we stop for a day we could be in trouble. The goal for my team is getting the larger shipments instead of the low-level street dealers.
When there is little activity going on for a while, we know that a large delivery is coming to the city any day. We try to be there at the moment it comes in before it is broken down for sale to dealers. While we do get lucky from time to time with informants, we have been looking for a more stable way to catch those responsible on a consistent basis to really cut the head off the snake.
The big problem is that as soon as the shipment arrives in the city, it is broken up to smaller pieces and then it flows into all the cracks and crevices of the underworld. That means it will eventually get to our visitor center at the jail and into the hands of inmates. This is why it is so important that we are working to find the source and be there the day it arrives and is still in one piece.
On a recent trip to the local jail, corrections officers informed me that the new Securus Technologies phone monitoring system had been picking up chatter concerning drugs. Securus Technologies is currently installed in thousands of jails around the country, and CEO Rick Smith assures each prison his 1,000 employees are dedicated to making our world a little safer each day. These systems are in thousands of jails around the country, and it was a resource many on my team never even considered could be used in the war on drugs.
My task force was trained to use the LBS software and jumped in quick because we knew a large shipment had to be coming soon because the chatter was picking up concerning cocaine being dry in the area. The inmates started talking about getting news this weekend, so we listened intently for hours until names and addresses were revealed. We were able to intercept a major shipment all in one piece as the load was delivered by truck to a residence in the center of town.