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Fighting The Good Fight
February 25, 2013 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
IT HAS to be tough doing a job knowing it will never be totally completed. Such is the duty entrusted to a special group of law enforcement personnel in Eastern Ohio. The Belmont County Drug Task Force has excelled in fighting to get drugs of our local streets. The task force, expertly led by Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, has been busting druggies at a rapid pace over the course of the last few months. In their relentless crusade, many out-of-the-area alleged drug dealers -- many from Cleveland -- have landed in prison, thanks to the task force. The task force is composed of some 10 active members, representing other law enforcement entities throughout the county. What makes this group even more special is that these drug-busters do it without compensation. They perform their dangerous and civic-minded task for the purest of reasons, putting bums behind bars and getting dangerous substances out of reach of children. To that end, the task force has been exceptional. Obviously, the group can always use more money to fund operations and also any helpful drug-probing information the public can serve up. I was able to spend one day back in October with a Martins Ferry police officer during a drug crackdown. I can attest that the group is passionate and aggressive in its quest to eradicate drug trafficking in Eastern Ohio. I commend Chief McFarland and the task force for making tremendous inroads in the drug battle. The entire Ohio Valley should be appreciative of such impressive work. Unfortunately for the task force, it will never be short on work.
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