Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Eight people were indicted of federal drug charges and police say they were all part of two separate meth rings operating out of Salina.
Salina police say two drug rings operating in Salina are responsible for bringing a combined amount of more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine into the city.
“Those two investigations alone were for us, just unbelievable how much meth was pouring in our town,” Lt. Jim North with the Salina Police Department said.
Lt. Jim Norton says his team spent about six months investigating each operation. He says they weren't interested in picking off one or two drug dealers, they wanted to take both businesses down for good.
“If you add up the numbers of the quantity of meth pouring into our community it was just, it was more than our town could handle,” Lt. Jim Norton said
Norton says both groups were operating out of Salina neighborhoods. The people who live nearby tell us they were happy to see the drug houses shut down.
“It's horrible because the kids are running around outside, riding their bikes or whatever and to have that going on within your neighborhood; it's just too bad,” Salina resident Maria Escalante said.
Lt. Norton says the meth problem in Salina is far from wiped out but he says by shutting down two major operations, they've made a pretty big dent.
Police say they couldn't have uncovered the operations without tips from the public. They encourage residents to call police anytime they see possible drug activity.