By Hannah Heishman
Moorefield Councilman Doug Mongold asked Police Chief Steve Reckart about the local drug epidemic. In the past several days there were multiple 911 calls for unresponsive people which turned out to be drug related. One resulted in death.
“Our officers make drug arrests almost nightly,” Moorefield Police Chief Reckart replied. “Since we’re effectively combating the issues in town, the drug sales occur more frequently out of town.”
Councilman Roger Pratt asked if people involved in the drug trade are going to jail. Reckart said it depended on the schedule of drugs and the amount of drugs officers find.
Related, Reckart said, is the lack of evidence storage the police department is experiencing.
Pratt asked if the empty trailers in Misty Terrace have been used for the drug trade.
Reckart said a complaint must be filed through the town Code Enforcement Committee. The committee can decide the disposition of the trailers.
Reckart said if the trailers have been used to manufacture methamphetamine, it could cost as much as $10,000 to be professionally cleaned. That cost is the responsibility of the owner.