Like the Greek soldiers in the Trojan War, narcotics officers from the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement wait quietly inside a "Trojan horse," or in modern times, an RV, and enter enemy territory.
For the Greeks it was the city of Troy. For these guys it's the problem drug areas in Leon County.
SGT Ernie Stoll of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "If a marked car or uniformed officers pulls up in these areas, these people scatter. They see them coming, it's not very effective."
It turns out the RV is an effective tool in the war on drugs. Two undercover officers were up front driving, trying to buy drugs. One night it was crack-cocaine, while the officers and our cameras waited in the back within feet of the dealer.
When the deal is made they go in for the attack, running after the bad guy. They chased after one guy in the outskirts of Killearn. They arrested him and the guy who gave him the crack.
SGT James McQuaig of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "We're doing everything we can and want to continue doing everything we can to combat the issue right here at home where it makes a difference to us."
A total of five arrests were made on Wednesday night, but there's another side of this story and another side of their fight.
LT Rob Swearingen of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "In a lot of these cases the reality is it’s the only life these folks know. We deal with the same folks over and over again; it's a viscous cycle."
The Joint Vice Teams can go out and arrest as many drug dealers they can, but the war has to be won on other levels. LT Swearengen says rehabilitation could be the key to unlocking this cycle of addiction and drugs.