While Copperas Cove schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week to encourage drug-free lifestyles, law enforcement agencies and local neighborhoods are waging their own wars on the drug problem in Coryell County.

Of the 97 prisoners in Coryell County jail on Wednesday, more than 20 percent are being held on drug charges and convictions, according to the jail.

In addition to police officers who worked this past week to keep nearly 100 pounds of prescription drugs off the streets, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Organized Crime Unit continue to investigate drug-related crimes. Investigators also may assist the patrol deputy or they may investigate the case themselves. Residents in one area known for drug activity in Copperas Cove have decided to take action and set Nov. 16 as the date to clean up illegally dumped debris, put up fences to keep unwanted traffic from the area and begin the process of acquiring better lighting and possibly digital cameras to cut down on crime in the neighborhood.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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