The Narcotics Division is comprised of one full time deputy, Detective Casey Foster. Casey possesses a great deal of experience in narcotics law violations. He is also a member of HIDTA, which is a Federal joint investigation task force.
Detective Foster is a member of the Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro/ Daviess County. The Alliance educates the community with programs such as the heroin and marijuana forums. They are held to educate and prepare our citizens for future issues that will impact the community.
Due to strict prescription drug laws, and programs such as “Kasper” to help combat prescription drug abuse, our community has seen a rise in the use of heroin. Due to the fact prescription drugs are harder to obtain than in the past, most of the people addicted to opiates are turning to heroin, a relatively cheap replacement. Though the heroin problem has yet to reach epidemic proportions, we are becoming proactive in our enforcement and educational efforts.
Also, with strict methamphetamine laws, and programs such as “Meth Check”, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office has seen a 50% reduction in methamphetamine labs. Unfortunately, the reduction in the traditional labs has resulted in a rise of the use of crystal methamphetamine, which is being imported from other areas across the nation.
Our agency has long been able to be effective in the apprehension and prosecution of subjects that are manufacturing, dealing, and possessing illegal narcotics. Our deputies, along with other local law enforcement agencies, have made many arrests and built cases because of the pro-active desire to rid our community of these illegal narcotics. 2020 activity includes:
In 2012, our Office began a prescription drug disposal program. We placed the prescription drug drop box in our public waiting area and have collected several hundred pounds of prescription drugs. This is hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs that will never make it into the wrong hands of an abuser!