Task Force Issue

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Cooperation between law enforcement agencies is being credited for the success of last Friday's drug raids in Belpre.

Police agencies from Parkersburg, Belpre, Marietta and Lowell were among those involved in the raids, which followed an 18-month investigation.

Belpre's police chief believes periodic cooperation between those agencies is better than having a formal drug task force like Wood County has.

“I think you have to commit one officer 24 hours a day," says Police Chief Ira Walker. “That would cost us one officer on patrol, and we like to have two officers on duty as often as possible."

Chief Walker says that information from those arrested Friday night could lead to more arrests.