SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Sheriff Jerry Goodin says Scott County will be cracking down on drugs in 2019.
On his first day of his four year term, Goodin said Scott County will be a drug free zone.
Law enforcement will be focused on drug-related crimes. The plan includes stricter penalties and drug rehabilitation.
The new sheriff is bringing 27 years of experience with the Indiana State Police.
“I am not afraid to call up state police and ask them to help us with our drug problem,” Goodin said. “I am not afraid to call up the federal government and say we need help.”
Goodin said he assembled a team and organized resources to focus on the drug epidemic. He said teams will be assigned areas to focus on finding drug dealers and users.
The sheriff’s office will investigate all overdoses and work with the prosecutor to bring murder charges to those who deal fatal doses.
“One of the main problems that we have is the ease of access of drug availability to the people and to the addicts,” Goodin said.
A bulletin board in the sheriff’s office lobby points to a community dealing with a drug epidemic. Free HIV tests are a reminder of high opioid use. Needle exchange opportunities and Naloxone advertisements show the county is trying.
“This is not just something happening in Scott County,” Goodin said. “What we are telling people is, we are attacking our problems.”
In the jail, Goodin is heading an effort for rehabilitation for those arrested on possession charges.
The sheriff said he’s bringing about a lot of change, so he is getting to work.
“If anyone wants to test us go ahead,” Goodin said. “I am telling you, you are going to pay the price. We are not going to put up with this anymore. It’s over.”