The Bangor Police Department is investigating drug crimes more aggressively than it has in the past, in a move to arrest more of the local dealers police say are fueling chronic addiction and neighborhood problems.
The department has assigned the pair of officers who comprise its Special Enforcement Team to focus almost primarily on drug investigations — lengthy cases that beat cops don’t always have the time for while they juggle day-to-day police calls, Sgt. Wade Betters said.
The change, which has occurred gradually over the past two months, came in response to mounting pressure from city residents who have complained to police about disruptive criminal activity in their neighborhoods.
“We want to eradicate those neighborhood problems,” Betters said, and “stop the traffickers who are taking advantage of our addicted population.”
Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.
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