Woodville drug dealers struggle thanks to police strategy

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The Woodville Police Department wasn't sure what to expect. Using confidential informants is nothing new, but putting an ad in the local paper is.

"We were a little bit skeptical whether anyone would respond," said Sergeant Mike McCully, Woodville Police Department.

Some of the callers weren't so helpful according to Officer Lawerance Hicks.

"Obviously you're going to have a few nutcases that called in - wanted a thousand dollars for chump information," said Hicks.

They wanted new information about drugs in the community, and hoped a side effect would be paranoid drug dealers. Officer hicks believed they got both.

"I think we've made a huge impact on the community and I know we've made a huge impact on the narcotics community," said Hicks.

They expected a few decent leads, but the calls kept coming in.

"We've got access to a circle of criminal activity that otherwise we wouldn't be able to get into," said McCully.

So far, four arrests have been made. More are in the pipeline, but already they see a change in behavior by drug dealers.

"There's so much speculation out there. They don't know who's selling narcotics to who. Who's working with the police? Who's not the police?" said Hicks.

Woodville P.D.'s Sergeant McCully said a few folks are worried that calling attention to drugs has created a negative image of the town. He had a message for them, "You can stick your head in the sand and pretend there's no problem or you can address the problem."

That's exactly what they intend to do. They want the drug dealers out of town and a safer city for everyone.

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