Sandusky police say drug unit going strong|City police say local unit takes in, acts on more tips than county predecessor

SANDUSKY Almost a year after the Sandusky Police Narcotics Unit set up shop, drug activity tips continue to pour in. T
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Almost a year after the Sandusky Police Narcotics Unit set up shop, drug activity tips continue to pour in.

The unit started last October after the former Erie County Drug Task Force folded. Since May the unit has received more than 60 tips via e-mail and phone combined, said Chief Kim Nuesse.

"To me that's just phenomenal," she said. "Those are all tips we would not be receiving prior to this. That has made a huge impact on the drug investigations in the city."

The Erie County Drug Task Force Unit, which started in 1989, had members from the sheriff's office, Sandusky police and, up until 2004, a Perkins police member. The task force dissolved in January because of lack of funding.

But police officials say the Narcotics Unit is accomplishing more than its predecessor.

"We are a lot more visible and on the streets more," said Detective Sgt. John Orzech, who heads up the unit.

Put up a fight

How to fight drug activity in your neighborhood

* To report drug activity to the Sandusky Police Narcotics Unit call 419-627-5980 or e-mail drugtips@ci.sandusky.oh.us. If a crime is in progress, call the dispatch center at 419-627-5900.

* To report drug activity in Perkins Township call: 419-627-0824

* To report drug activity to the Erie County Sheriff's office call the detective bureau at: 419-627-7553 or e-mail sheriff@erie-county-ohio.net

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Source: Sandusky Police Department