Morgan County sheriff DAREs students not to take drugs

October 19, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va -- Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh has increased ways to fight drug use in the community by offering the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to middle school students. 

Shambaugh teaches DARE to the fifth-graders and Deputy Cliff Cobern teaches the class to the eighth-graders at Warm Springs Middle School.

"It's education to the kids and to the parents about what to look for," Shambaugh said of the pilot DARE program.  

"It's about the social groups to hang out with that don't use drugs. If you run with the dogs, you catch fleas," he said. 


About 75 free drug-test kits have been given out to Morgan County parents since the kits became available in August, Shambaugh said.

The kits include a urine test that can be taken in the privacy of the home, where the problem can be addressed. If outside assistance is needed, appropriate help can be sought, he said. 

The kits were purchased with forfeited money collected from convicted Morgan County drug dealers, Shambaugh said. 

"We are continuing to pursue the illegal drug problem," Shambaugh said. 

More than 30 people have been indicted by grand juries this year on drug charges in Morgan County, he said. 

Drug forfeitures from convicted dealers have been used to purchase a SWAT ballistic bulletproof shield, Tasers for the SWAT members and window tint meters for use by the sheriff's department. 

"We have invested in high-tech surveillance gear and tools that will make us more effective," Shambaugh said. 

Shambaugh recently added a new cruiser to the department at no cost to taxpayers. 

The down payment for the 2007 Dodge Charger purchased from Salt Lake City law enforcement for $19,000 came from drug forfeiture money, Shambaugh said. The rest is from the department's concealed weapon permit fund. 

Chief Deputy Tony Link has the 2005 Ford Explorer that Shambaugh drove, he said.

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