Lewis Co. Jail Costs Increase, Synthetic Drug Ban to be Presented to Public
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 20, 2013 @ 7:53PM
Created on February 20, 2013 @ 5:48PM
Fighting drugs seems to be a main focus of a lot of police departments in the area. In one local county, the proof of that can be seen on the books. When Lewis County Commissioners opened their jail bill on Monday, it was $17,000 more than December's bill.
When Sheriff Adam Gissy took office on January 1, he vowed to fight the drug problem. It seems his department has done that. This month, the county owed the jail authority $47,000. Some of that bill is part of the sheriff's department drug arrests.
Now, the commissioners and the sheriff's department are working together to become pro-active in the drug fight.
Commissioner Agnes Queen said that jail bill was the highest she has seen since she first took office 6 years ago. While it was a shock, she said she's glad to see all the activity taking place in the county.
While making arrests is one step to getting rid of the problem, so is being pro-active. That's why commissioners have been working with Sheriff Gissy to get an ordinance to ban synthetic drugs in the county. They were looking at ordinances in neighboring counties and also in cities from Pennsylvania to make one of their own.
On Wednesday, Prosecuting Attorney Mike Smith told them it was good to take to the public.
The next step is having two public meetings regarding the ordinance. The dates will be posted in the near future.
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