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Drug bust sends important message

It was with mixed emotions that we learned of a massive coordinated drug raid throughout Ellis County last week.
On the one hand, we are happy to see local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working together to stop the use and distribution of illegal drugs in our community, but at the same time it’s troubling that such a raid is necessary.
We would like to believe that illegal drug use doesn’t exist in our community, but one look at the police reports on almost any given day of the week and it’s impossible to subscribe to that fantasy. The truth is more troubling, though certainly not as bad as it could be.
It’s a hard, sad fact that drugs are sold and used in our community. While all levels of society are at risk, it’s the safety of our children that concerns us the most. The other crimes and violence that are commonly associated with the sale and use of illegal drugs pose a danger to us all and it is to our local police officers’ credit that the problem is not worse than it is.
The population of Ennis has seen a period of continued growth and this trend is expected to progress into the future. With a larger population, come larger problems, including the problem of illegal drugs. Local law enforcement officers have their hands full keeping it in check, but statistics would indicate they are doing an admirable job of it. Ennis continues to enjoy a relatively low crime rate when compared with other Texas cities.
Last week’s drug bust came after months of undercover work and cooperation between several law enforcement agencies. It’s comforting to know that such work is being done behind the scenes. We hope it will serve as a warning to drug dealers and others who would seek to profit by bringing this filth into our community. Beyond the immediate arrests, that’s one of the major benefits of a sting operation like this one. It sends a message that Ennis and Ellis County are not safe places for drug dealers to ply their trade.
Our congratulations go out to the Ennis Police Department and all of the agencies who combined efforts in this latest battle in the war on drugs. We hope to see more success stories in the future and we hope the message goes out loud and clear that we’re not giving up the fight to rid our community of drugs.

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