As this is a Worcester County "crack-down" will Pocomoke be included? if there's anything we need it's the strong enforcement of open-air drug sales here in Pocomoke. The dealers here are so in your face and uncaring of prosecution and have been for years. I hope Todd makes Pocomoke the next target of this program and somehow forces our officers to actually arrest the dealers or bring in the deputies. Then if we can just figure out how to stop a pocomoke City council member from bailing them out.
One community in Worcester County has been facing a growing drug trade problem and the community is fed up. Now numerous law enforcement agencies are joining efforts to fight back against drug dealing. The Worcester County State's Attorney's Office is spearheading an initiative - along with five police agencies - to crackdown on dealings.The initiative focuses on Bay and Flower Streets in Berlin. Mayor Gee Williams says brazen, open air drug trade has been a persistent problem in this neighborhood for many years, especially because of its close proximity to a Route 113."The folks that live there have had it," said Berlin Mayor Gee Williams.Area resident William Nick said, "I can see deals going down, as they say. People waiting for cars. They leave for thirty seconds and come back . I see them doing transactions."Under the initiative, first-time offenders would be able to skip jail time if they attend a public hearing with the community to explain their actions. But if that person commits the same crime again, they'll face double the charges. One resident says the program and greater police presence is working."There's been quite a bit of drug busts around 113 and the around the area. Police are going a good job," said Nick."We don't just look the other way after the operation is over. We continue to pay attention to that community. We get rid of the open air drug market and the we keep other drug dealers from coming back in their place," said Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd.Nearly a dozen people have been arrested since the program launched this winter. It's modeled after a similar program in North Carolina, but this is the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore. The Worcester County State's Attorney also says he plans to start a crime watch program for the town.