Breaking Good: Local narcotics team gains traction as it grapples with meth 'epidemic'

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

'It takes a lot of man hours'

When it comes to getting meth out of Walton County , there are only eight officers in the WCSO Narcotics Unit, which means long, odd hours.

"You don't know when you're going to come to work or leave for the day," Maddox said. "You could get a call at 5 or 6 p.m. right when you're about to leave."

Maddox said he is blessed to have a small, but dedicated group of men and women.

"They're dedicated not only to the agency and task at hand, but to each other," he said.

Officers in the narcotics unit are trained to dismantle labs, regardless of the types of meth that is being cooked. The number of dismantled meth labs in Walton County began to spike from 2001-2004. Last year, the Walton County narcotics unit busted 30 meth labs and arrested 42 individuals. Eighteen labs have been dismantled so far this year with 28 arrests.

"It takes a lot of man hours," Maddox explained. "At least four officers are needed on the scene, just for safety precautions. And it may take four to five hours to dismantle the meth labs."

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