Skagit County Sheriff
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Methamphetamine/Drug Information and Resources
Signs of Drug Related Activity In Your Neighborhood
One or two of the following indicators does not mean you have a drug house or methamphetamine lab in your neighborhood, but a few of these signs together may indicate suspicious behavior.
Vehicles look suspicious, such as those with no license plates
- Accumulation of trash or junk, specific to making meth (pictured below)
is it taking so long to get rid of the drug house in my neighborhood?
The Skagit County Sheriff's Office recognizes the epidemic methamphetamine manufacturing, distributing, and consuming is causing within our county and throughout the nation. It is important to recognize that the same constitutional laws that protect law abiding citizens also protect criminals. All citizens have the right to freedom from unlawful searches and seizures of their person, vehicles, and their home. The same rules apply to you as they do the occupants of the "drug house" in your neighborhood. The Sheriff's Office will be as aggressive as the law will allow in ridding neighborhoods of crime, but it must be done appropriately. It is important to understand that the Sheriff's Office cases against these drug houses be legally sound. With that in mind what are we doing to help protect you?
Collect The Evidence There is A Drug House
Tangible, credible evidence needs to be collected in order to obtain a search warrant. Even after a search warrant is served, there are many processes that have to take place prior to trial; testing the drugs at a lab, preparing the case for trial. All of these things take time, sometimes months or years. And while all this is going on, the same suspects may be back at their house selling drugs again. The Sheriff's Office does watch drug houses and stops people for legitimate traffic violations as they leave. During these traffic stops our deputies are looking for evidence or other information pertaining to the distribution or consumption of drugs. Sometimes these stops lead to arrests, which would allow for a search of the person and their vehicle. Occasionally, the suspects decide to cooperate with the Sheriff's Office and provide enough information to obtain a search warrant for the drug houses.
Diligence is one of the most successful traits needed to combat a drug house. These problems will not be resolved overnight. It takes a collaborative effort of citizens along with public and private agencies to rid a neighborhood of problem houses. There may be times when fear and frustration may make you want to just give up or move, but citizens must be committed to the long term in order to take their neighborhood back. The Skagit County Sheriff's Office is proud to be your partner in that process.