Editorial: Can more drugs be good news?

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 01:45 AM

Our fingers are crossed and we are hoping that Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown is correct to characterize a steep increase in drug seizures as a positive sign of good police work.

As Brown reported to the Lenoir City Council, the amount of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and prescription drugs seized by police in 2013 all were at radically higher levels than 2012.

As Brown indicated, the increases have to stem from more people using, making and/or bringing the drugs here. It would be nice to think that all, or nearly all, of the extra drugs coming into the area were intercepted by the police, but it seems unlikely, so even as much as the police seized, that would mean there were more drugs going around the community in 2013 than in 2012.

And maybe the high amounts seized will turn out to be a leading indicator that the police are making life difficult enough for the dealers and putting enough of them behind bars that the numbers will go back down during 2014.