City cracks down on drugs, tries to clean up to attract new residents

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WINCHESTER, Ind. -- One city is saying no to drugs in a big way and busting more people than ever.

"Right now it’s a huge problem," Winchester Police Chief Richie Tucker said.

Tucker took office in January. Since then, his officers have served eight warrants and confiscated drugs of every variety.

"It’s my officers, they’re the ones that are doing the work. I’m just allowing them to do it," Tucker said.

The latest, which landed 22-year-old Levi Tucker in jail, turned up almost five pounds of marijuana, a ledger of sales, paraphernalia and a book called the "Marijuana Growers Handbook."

"(There were) eight or nine different kinds of marijuana involved in this and he had them all labeled in terms of the type," Chief Tucker said.

The bust happened across the street from Jessica Mitchell.

"I heard a loud bang, so I looked outside and saw the cops knocking on the door," Mitchell said.

Mitchell says the increase in busts has been noticeable.

"There’s been a lot of drug busts lately," Mitchell said. "We’ve had a lot of issues with heroin, obviously, so hopefully we can get that under wraps."

That's what Tucker and Mayor Shon Byrum, who is also new to office, are hoping to do. They want to bust more people, confiscate more drugs and offer help to try and clean up the community.

"It’s good for the city, because my job is to bring economic development and with a drug problem, economic development doesn’t come," Byrum said. "We’re all in this together, this is our home."

Officers have confiscated drugs of every variety, including heroin, meth, pills and marijuana. Tucker says they're not letting up either, and more arrests are in the works.

"If you’re using drugs or wanting to deal them in Winchester, move, because we’re going to come out and we’re going to find you," Tucker said.

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