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Page 12-B?THE BRUNSWICK BEACOl
BY TERRY POPE
Brunswick County Sheriff's Detective
David Crocker holds up a pack of
cigarette rolling papers for the audience
in Calabash to see. The narcotics
officer liien explains how the i
papers are used to roll joints, or
"Almost every time I speak to a
group at school," Crocker said,
"there will be some kid to raise their >
hand and say, 'Daddy's got some of
those on his dresser.' "
Crocker's expression turns sour,
and members of the Calabash |
chapter 3640 of the American i
Association of Retired Persons mumble
to one another in dismay. For
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he performs for groups throughout >
the county, sharing his knowledge
and ideas about drug use to anyone ,
who is interested. ?
A similar drug awareness class i
will be presented by Crocker and i
members of the Brunswick County |
Sheriff's Department Monday night, i
March 18, at Waccainaw Elementary
School at 7 p.m. The school's Parent- |
Teacher Or?ani?stion invites all in- <
teresied parents to attend. ;
Demonstrations are available to |
groups in the county by calling the <
sheriff's department for more information.
Crocker recently completed a drug J
awareness class for all fourth- t
through eighth-graders at Wac- (
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the North Carolina drug laws and the (
effects different drugs have on i
"You would be surprised at what f
they already know," Crocker said.
"Those kids know the drug language, j
and they're upgrading their language t
each day." c
One message Crocker tries vo in- f
FIX) COOK, left, secretary of the Cala
Association of Retired Persons, inspects
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awareness class at the AARP meeting 1
class Monday night at 7 p.m. at the W
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still into the students is to go to their
parents with questions about drugs
before experimenting on their own.
But sometimes that doesn't work,
especially if daddy's got a pack of
l ulling papers on his dresser.
"They see their parents do it, so
they think it's okay for them, too," he
added. "I'm not saying everything
starts in the home, but everything
can be stopped in the home."
As part of the demonstration, sample
drugs and drug paraphernalia
are shown io the audience and explained
how they are used. Cocaine
Free basing kits, "pink hearts," or
legally-obtained caffeine pills laced
with formaldehyde or angel dust that
have been confiscated throughout the
county are also shown to the group.
A burlap sack that once held a bale
?f marijuana from the Brixham II
Jrug case is shown to explain the
routes drug smugglers used to ship
[narijuana into the county. At one
time, inside the sack was 62 pounds of
marijuana, Crocker said.
When the marijuana was
tiarvested in Columbia, it had a value
if $80 a pound, or around $4,960 for
the burlap sack full, he said. The
irice jumped another $20 at the dock,
ir up to $6,200.
Once jt arrived along the coast of
:he United States, its value reached
112,400 per sack. Provided it reaches
the drug pusher without being
raught, it will cost the supplier
121.700. or around $320 per pound.
Crocker said. After it is broken down
nto individual ounces for sale, it will
Teate $138,800 per sack for the sup)lier.
"That's why we are seeing drug
unugglers getting more and more in
o automatic weapons and assaults
>n officers," Crocker said. "These
>eoplc are getting very serious about
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marijuana samples with Brunswick
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last Thursday and will hold another
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Crocker said since the crackdown
on drug smuggling along the coast
began drugs are still entering the
county, but only in smaller amounts.
The cocaine trafficking has also picked
up in Brunswick County, he said.
"That way, there's less chance of
anyone getting caught," Crocker
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the less people there are to
talk about it and the less chance of
Marijuana plants as tall as 18^2
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"Marijuana does not grow wild,"
Crocker said. "Everytime we arrest
someone, they always say it just
Officers also Inform parents of the
signs that their child may be using
drugs, such as glassy eyes, a sudden
loss of appetite, restlessness and a
need for money. A youth who needs
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