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

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

"We call them smurfs — don't ask why," Maddox said. "The medicine is typically $10 or less, but the smurfs will buy it and sell it to the drug makers for $50-75. Now the problem has broadened and meth has become a worse problem than ever before. Soliciting people to buy pills turns it into a spider web — makes it more difficult to track."


Calling on the community

While it's gotten more difficult over the years to pinpoint meth manufacturing by tracking purchases, narcotics units benefit from citizen tips. 

"You can call Crime Stoppers anonymously," he said. "We enter any info we receive and start a file and build from there." 

An informed public is an effective defense against drug dealing, Maddox said.

"I think the community is blind to the problem," he said. "I don't think they understand how dangerous it is. It could be next door to you."

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