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Chalk one (two) up for the good guys

By Joe Centers • Oct 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Twice last week there were front-page stories about drug busts in New London.

On the surface it would seem like a bad thing. What is going on in the small village?

But we all know drugs are a problem everywhere — sometimes they just pop up in certain areas — more of a blip on the screen.

Reporter Cary Ashby, who covers the cops and courts for the Reflector, and I were talking about the situation. We have talked about it a lot over the years.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

People like to complain about too much bad news on the front page of the newspaper. We try to keep the crime news on the crime page, but sometimes a story is just too big to hide.

This is the crime news that is good to see on the front page. This is one time (twice for New London) when the good guys won.

In one of the busts, two women were charged in connection with a drug-related traffic stop early Tuesday morning in New London. Third Street residents Cassandra L. Nagy and Emily Harlin, both 25, each were charged with providing false information. Nagy also was cited with driving under suspension.

Police Chief Mike Marko said Nagy has a Ravenna address on her driver’s license while Harlin is from Medina, but they have been living in the village.

“We charged them at the scene. There will be felony charges pending,” he added.

During the traffic stop, police reported confiscating suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, two scales, several “baggies,” some cash, various possible drug instruments and two large knives. Officers took photos and the drugs will be tested in the Mansfield crime laboratory.

“A ‘tip of the appreciation hat’ for a job well done by Officer Jacob Johnson during (this) call. His training, instincts and persistence paid off with the confiscation of the drugs that were preparing to be sold in our community,” Marko wrote on the police department Facebook page.

That’s the real news story — not the drug offenders, but the work Officer Jacob Johnson did in arresting the women.

It’s always good to see the good guys win. It is a thankless job out there for local police departments and the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. I have talked often with Norwalk Police Capt. Jim Fulton about the situation. The toughest part for them is making the arrests, but because of the laws, the people are right back on the streets.

It’s not only the drugs, but the other crimes that happen associated with the drugs. People need money for their drugs and the only way they can get it is by stealing from others. 

Fulton said it all starts with the drug lords in Mexico who will do anything to protect their turf. It is no different here, he said.

With the drugs come the stealing and killing.

It’s a battle every day for local law enforcement officials and it’s always good to see when they win.

That’s front-page news we all like to read.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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