STATE OF ADDICTION: Mt. Sterling police launch crystal meth crackdown

STARTED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO THE CHIEF SAYS THIS LATEST ARREST IS JUST THE BEGINNING

>> IT LOOKS LIKE GROUND GLASS THAT’S WHY IT’S CALLED ICE REPORTER: MOUNT STERLING POLICE CHIEF DAVID CHARLES IS DESCRIBING THE CRYSTAL METH HIS OFFICERS ARE GETTING OFF THE STREETS >> IT IS VERY DANGEROUS IT IS VERY EASY TO OVERDOSE ON BECAUSE OF THE HIGHER

HE LEVELS — THE — PURITY LEVELS REPORTER: THE DEPARTMENT STARTED OPERATION ICE BREAKER TO TARGET CRYSTAL METH TRAFFICKERS AND DISTRIBUTORS CHRISTOPHER MILES IS THE FIRST PERSON ARRESTED AS PART OF THE OPERATION

>> THERE WILL BE MANY MORE ARRESTS COMING FROM THE INVESTIGATION AS IT CONTINUES TO ROLL IT WILL FEED UPON ITSELF AND GROW LARGER AND LARGER REPORTER: THE CHIEF SAYS AFTER THE DEPARTMENT WAS BLIND-SIDED BY THE RESCRIPTION PILL EPIDEMIC, IT TOOK A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO TRACK WHAT DRUGS WERE COMING INTO THE COMMUNITY >> WE DO INTERVIEWS AND OUTREACH TO OUR LOCAL POPULATION SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION REPORTER: HE SAYS DRUG USERS TOLD OFFICERS CRYSTAL METH WAS BECOMING POPULAR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO

THE CHIEF SAYS THIS IS HIGH QUALITY, HIGHLY POTENT, AND LIKELY BEING TRAFFICKED IN FROM NORTHERN MEXICO TO HUBS ACROSS THE US >> IS COMING IN FROM ATLANTA, DETROIT, DAYTON, CINCINNATI TO A SMALLER DEGREE, UT THE MAJOR POPULATION HUBS THAT SURROUND US ARE THE ONES BRINGING IT IN REPORTER: WITHIN THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, BEFORE OPERATION ICE BREAKER EVEN STARTED, OFFICERS TOOK CLOSE TO FIVE POUNDS OF CRYSTAL METH OFF THE STREETS >> IT’S A CONSTANT FLOW IT’S LIKE A RIVER FLOWING IN

IT DOESN’T START AND STOP IT IS COMING IN REPORTER: THE CHIEF SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A COMMUNITY FOR HIM TO TALK ABOUT CR

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