An area police chief needs more money and more manpower to combat a growing problem as traffickers sell and move illegal drugs through the Auglaize County village.
Waynesfield Police Chief Nathan Motter plans to approach village councilors later this month about increased funding to address the ever-increasing drug problems in the small village.
Motter said that if councilors approve the necessary village funding, all of the money will be concentrated to additional personnel.
“Right now, there simply is not enough man-hours to address the problem the way it needs to be addressed,” Motter said. “There are some good people in town, but there are some others that we need to pay a little more attention to. We need to have the funds necessary to provide proof and get convictions. We need to make them abide by the law.”
While many people choose to locate to small rural villages to avoid what are often tabbed as “big city” problems, Motter said small villages cannot turn a blind eye to the problem.
“There are a lot of good people in the village,” Motter said. “The problems aren’t normally going to be to the degree here that they would be in a big city. But the harsh reality is that there may be some heavy trafficking. We are putting the pieces together to try and break it up.”
Motter plans to attempt to enlist more personnel if more funding is granted by members of Waynesfield Village Council.
He said the village’s geographic location, coupled with limited resources that often plague small villages, make Waynesfield a prime target for the drug trade.
“We are in an ideal location for travel,” Motter said. “We are a direct route to many places. A lot of dealers come through heading to or from Lima. We are a direct route into Logan, Hardin, Shelby and Allen counties. The (Grand Lake Drug) Task Force has been very helpful, but we have limited resources.”
Motter said in the past month, the department has handled drug cases that have included marijuana, cocaine, prescription opiates and the most recent popular designer drug, “bath salts.”
He said his department has handled 13 cases which were somehow related to drug use since May 20. He also noted he has information of alleged drug use or abuse in the area involving methamphetamine, heroin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, “bath salts” and LSD.
Motter said that recent increased break-ins and thefts in the village are likely all connected to drug use.
“It is likely an attempt to get money for drugs,” Motter said. “I think it has been the source for the bulk of the problems that we do have.”