Over the past weekend, 12 different people in 12 different circumstances were arrested by officers of the Brazil City Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department on some type of methamphetamine related charges.
All one has to do to see level of the methamphetamine epidemic in the community is keep a close eye on the number of arrests in the public record.
"Possession of Methamphetamine is so prevalent, that it's now as common as being arrested for public intoxication," Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said Monday.
Over the weekend, people were arrested while they were involved in the most mundane of activities: One was driving a vehicle with the radio in violation of the noise ordinance, another was riding a bicycle in an unsafe manner, another was walking down the street in such a drugged state that it was obvious they were under the influence and one suspicious person was found within 1,000 feet of a school in possession of more than 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times Tuesday morning that new state and local ordinances restricting certain over-the-counter ingredients and the Growers Co-op taking strict precautions to protect anhydrous, there has been an influx of crystal meth in the area from other sources.
"What the solution or answer is, we in law enforcement don't know," Heaton said. "Take away the ingredients and they find different ways to get the drug."
Take away the drug, and an addicts behavior becomes careless and their activities more reckless.
"Meth is an evil addictive drug," Heaton said. "We may not know the answer, but the addicts, and the community, need to know that we are out there."