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Chatham County Sheriff's office hosts multi-agency meeting

Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - On Thursday July 21, 2005, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office hosted it’s first Multi Jurisdictional VICE / Narcotics Meeting at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together various City and County Agencies in the Central Triad area, and discuss the War on Drugs as it pertains to local law enforcement agencies.

It was an opportunity for various Agencies and Jurisdictions to meet and discuss ideas, tactics, and potential solutions to multiple threats and problems that we all face. The individuals who manufacture, traffic, and sell controlled substances, do not recognize city limits or county lines. In order to combat these threats, various agencies have recognized a need to come together and work as a team. All local police and Sheriff’s Offices in the surrounding areas were invited and the following agencies sent more than 50 representatives: Asheboro Police Dept., Carrboro Police Dept., Cary Police Dept., Chapel Hill Police Dept., Hillsborough Police Dept., Lee Co. – Sanford City/County Drug Unit, Moore Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Randolph Co. Sheriff’s Dept., National Guard Counter Drug Task Force and the N.C. Department of Revenue.

The meeting was called to order by Lt. Charles R. Gardner of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office VICE / Narcotics Division. Lt. Gardner explained the intent of these meetings and emphasized the importance of communication between law enforcement agencies in our area. “If we can work together as a team, we cannot help but be successful!” Lt. Gardner pronounced.

Gary Blankenship

Sheriff Richard H. Webster and Major Gary Blankenship of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office welcomed everyone in attendance. “We are willing to work with any agency. We know the rules of the game, and we are ready to play ball!” explained Sheriff Webster. Also, Major Blankenship said, “It is great to see so many different Agencies coming together for one purpose!”

Agent Chris Fidler and Agent Brian Zieverick of the North Carolina Dept. of Revenue gave an informative presentation in the meeting. During the presentation, Agent Fidler and Agent Zieverick discussed the taxation of non-stamped controlled substances program and the vast resources that it can provide local law enforcement agencies. Representatives from the North Carolina National Guard Counter Drug Task Force were also in attendance, and gave a presentation explaining the multiple resources that they can provide, when assisting Law Enforcement Agencies with narcotics investigations. Lt. M. Pleasant, Sgt. M. Tompkins, and Sgt. J. Barker discussed ground surveillance, marijuana eradications, and the various types of equipment and personnel that are available through the NC National Guard Counter Drug Task Force. They also discussed the different training programs available through MANTA, The Mid-Atlantic Narcotics Training Academy.

After a quick break, everyone in attendance was free to move about and talk with representatives from other agencies. The session was very productive, and a lot of positive ideas and solutions were discussed. Lt. Gardner (CCSO) closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their support and attendance. Other meetings are planned for the near future.

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