Year in Review: The Local War on Drugs

Leon County is taking its annual inventory of the drugs and the dealers.

It's all in a day’s work for the Tallahassee Police Department's vice unit.Ten pounds of marijuana seized from Tallahassee’s Cross Creek Way, another pound plus paraphernalia seized from a Nekoma Street home.

"We have been very busy with these types of cases lately,” explains Sgt. Ernie Stoll, of the Tallahassee Police Department’s Narcotics Unit.

And, Sgt. Stoll says it's just going to get worse. Since October of last year, TPD’s Vice Unit has made 306 drug arrests and seized more than $2 million worth of drugs from Tallahassee’s streets.

"Where you have good sized drug dealing, you tend to have other crimes associated with it, in this case both of these search warrants led to the seizure of fire arms,” Stoll says.

The TPD works weekly with the Leon County Sheriff's Office to break the cycle of drugs and violence.

As the community grows, they say so are the number of drugs seized, but what they're finding is remaining the same.

"The typical types of drugs we deal with are cannabis, cocaine, crack and powder, they make up a bulk of our seizures and cases,” Sgt. James McQuaig of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office says.

Since the beginning of this year, the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit has made 130 drug arrests, seizing more than $1.5 million worth of drugs.

They expect that number to rise as both departments get tougher on their war on drugs.

Between the Sheriff's Office and the TPD, more than $200,000 in drug money has been seized.

A lot of that is reinvested into the community to fight drugs.