We are taking a closer look at the huge drug busts in Cherokee County that happened this week.
One bust included 800 ecstacy pills and 54 bags of cocaine, the other bust more than 150 opiod pills.
So 7News took a closer look at the numbers and talked to the Sheriff about how a new focus on narcotics is paying off.
It was only a few doors down from Angela White’s Peachtree Apartment that a major drug bust Monday uncovered large amounts of ecstacy, cocain, marajuana and more.
“I don’t want drugs around my kids, police running in houses. That for a kid is very traumatizing,” said White.
Two days after the arrest of Charles Magner and no more than 10 minutes away another bust uncovered a large stash of morphine and hydrocodone pills as Jeffrey Miller was taken into custody.
“We’ve always had drug problems in Gaffney but it has never been this bad,” said White.
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller has been working to turn things around and he says busts like these have become the new focus of a narcotics unit that began 5 months ago called the Community Aciton Team.
There are six C.A.T. officers, four from the sheriff’s office and two Gaffney police.
“Now we’ve got worth he extra bodies that we’ve got back there combining with Gaffney city PD we’ve been able to focus on going after some of the suppliers in our community so now we’re not only getting quantity but we’re getting quality,” said Mueller.
The numbers show it’s working. If you look at the last three years you see a steady increase in drug arrests. There were nearly 400 in 2016, 460 in 2017, but then it jumps sharply to 620 in 2018 when the new task force began.
”It makes me feel pretty good that they’re actually cleaning up the streets and that’s why we’re seeing so many drug busts.”
The Sheriff is quick to also credit citizens who call in anonymous tips.
He says that was instrumental in catching the two suspected dealers this week.
You can call 888-CRIME-SC or email an anonymous tip to: firstname.lastname@example.org