Drug task force has busy times ahead

Published 11:16 pm Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Fourth Judicial Circuit Drug Task force is on the move in Selma and Dallas County.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said the unit will conduct drug sweeps across the area for the next few months.

The force will not only hone in on drug dealers, but will also investigate gang activity and gun running, Jackson said.

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The district attorney said he’s pursuing a no tolerance philosophy, and his office will recommend stiff sentences for those arrested and convicted.

“We are going to declare war on these violent offenders,” Jackson said.

Recently, the task force worked with the ABC Drug Unit, Marion Police Department, Uniontown Police Department and the Perry County Sheriff’s Department in a similar effort, which yielded three arrests in Marion and three arrests in Uniontown.

Additionally, Jackson has asked schools in the area to allow Pete Key, a motivational speaker, to talk at schools about the dangers of drugs, gangs, guns and violence. Key’s organization, “Ole Pete Key,” is in Florence. He has a CD, “The Wait Project,” which is designed to educate about HIV/AIDS.

Jackson said Marchina Toodle of the state Department of Education helped secure a grant for the project.