Police Department Fights Increased Burglaries With Taskforce
July 11, 2018 by
A sudden influx of gang activity and drug trafficking in the town of Levelland, Texas has saddled the 28 officers at the local police department full caseloads. Not only are they partnering with state and federal agencies to stop the gangs, but they are also managing the secondary crimes associated with drug use.
"When you're talking about gang membership, you're also talking about robberies, thefts, burglaries – those kinds of things," said Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia.
While the first crime committed when dealing with narcotics is often transportation of a banned substance, the people who purchase the final product often do so using money from stolen goods.
"When it comes to substance abuse, the compulsion to use may lead those struggling with addiction to do just about anything to get their hands on more drugs – including stealing," according to an article written by Mental Health Worker Marisa Crane.
The Levelland PD is actively managing those cases by helping the victims to recover lost property and pursue justice, but the only way to truly stop these types of crimes is to remove the offender's access to drugs.
"One of the most important things that we try to stop is the influx of narcotics being transported through our city," Garcia said. "The methamphetamines are very prevalent in our area, just as it is throughout the entire State of Texas, but most of these narcotics are being transported, delivered, and sold by gang members."
To combat the gangs and stop the transport of drugs, Levelland PD has teamed up with area police departments as well as state and federal agencies. By sharing information between agencies and across jurisdictions, the involved police departments have been able to follow suspects from one community to another and eventually make an arrest.