War on Drugs - High Bonds

War on Drugs - High Bonds
By: CJ Cassidy

L

eaders in
S
toddard
C
ounty couldn't be happier about how they're fighting the war on drugs.

They're hitting drug offenders with extremely high bonds, ranging anywhere from $25,000 to $175,000.

The hefty fines keep many suspects behind bars.

But police and even inmates say that's exactly what the doctor ordered to help kick the drug habit.

When
24
-
year
-
old
"A
dam
"
,
found out his bond was set at $135,000, he says he laughed because there was no way he could bail out.

Pollice arrested Adam three months ago,

for using methamphetamine.

S
urprisingly enough he says he deserves every penny of the bond
J
udge
J
oe
S
atterfield set.

"A

t times my family's had the money but they've at times let me sit in there to teach me a lesson
," he says.

"A
dam
"
's not the only one praising the judge for his tough stance.

S
heriff
C
arl
H
efner says if you're caught dealing, buying or making drugs in
S
toddard
C
ounty
,
be afraid.
B
e very afraid.

"P

eople need to understand that with the drug problem, with these high bonds people aren't right back out on the streets
," Sheriff Hefner explains.

He add "Y

ou have to consider public safety.
T
hese people doing drugs are committing burglaries
,
thefts
,
domestic violence things of that nature
," he says.

A
dam ha
s been in jail for three months
;
quite some time he says to reflect on what might have happened
.

"T

hey probably saved my life
," Adam says.

S
heriff
H
efner says working hand in hand with judges really helps when it comes to battling the war on drugs.

H
efner says drug dealers are aware of
S
toddard
C
ounty's tough reputation
;
it's something
the sheriff
says other county leaders should try to develop as well.