Drug Task Force deserves credit for curtailing drug traffic
Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2001
The problem of drugs is rampant in today's society. We hear and read about it everywhere.
We're glad to know that a diligent group of public servants is trying to stem the tide of drugs in Atmore – the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.
We've saluted this group before, but we certainly would be remiss if we didn't congratulate them for a job well done in breaking up a meth lab Monday.
In a recent news report on a meth lab in a large city, we heard just how lethal this set-up can be. An entire apartment complex was in jeopardy. Apparently for quite some time, an Atmore neighborhood has been in jeopardy.
We can only wonder at what danger the three children were in who lived in the house only yards from the lab.
When the meth lab was discovered and identified, Atmore Police Chief Danny McKinley quietly and calmly started informing residents that they needed to evacuate the area.
Atmore's task force members so often work behind the scenes. Much of the time they don't get the recognition some of the more visible officers get.
Glenn Carlee, Darrell Holsonback and Ben Brown were on the scene yesterday – as they usually are.
Carlee, who is a coordinator with the force, and Commander Keith Hutchins will be the first to say this is a team effort. And it certainly was that Monday afternoon.
Members of the team are the Escambia County Sheriff's Department, Atmore Police Department, East Brewton Police Department, Brewton Police Department, Flomaton Police Department, Poarch Creek Indian Police Department and the Escambia County District Attorney's Office.
In our book, you can't get a better team than that.