By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town Police Department doubled its number of drug arrests in 1996 compared to the previous year in an effort to crack down on drug activity in the city, while the number of traffic citations dropped slightly.
Capt. Louis Brunswick released the year-end report Wednesday on the activities of the 11-officer department.
His report detailed a change in the department's priorities from routine patrols to cracking down on local drug trafficking.
"If you keep chopping away at a rock, sooner or later there won't be anything there. That's how I feel about the drug problem," Brunswick said.
In 1996, the department arrested 99 people for drug offenses compared to 49 in 1995, Brunswick said.
"The message we want to get out is, `You're not going to do drugs in Charles Town and if you do you don't know who will be looking over your shoulder,'" Brunswick said.