The focus of the unit is to concentrate on illegal drug users and sellers in Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties and and works closely with all agencies. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is also partnered with the DEA’s Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force.
The Narcotics Unit has demonstrated by investigations and arrests, that illegal drugs are a main concern in our County and strive to decrease the amount of drug trafficking in the area. The Narcotics Unit also works closely with area district attorney’s offices in the prosecution of these cases.
Investigators assigned to the Narcotics Unit are responsible for both long and short term investigations into drug trafficking organizations. One of the major concerns of the Sheriff's Office has been the steady increase of drug related crimes. Currently, heroin and prescription drugs are a serious issue in our area.
Other responsibilities of the unit include:
Identifying and eradicating indoor and outdoor marijuana grows
Investigating and arresting drug dealers, buyers and users who engage in illegal drug transactions
Investigating and following up on heroin overdoses for our agency and assisting local agencies.
Networking drug information with Warren, Washington and Saratoga County agencies to streamline effectiveness and help the flow of inter-agency information.
A State Police Helicopter flies over the Town of Kingsbury searching for plots of illegally grown marijuana on Wednesday August 28, 2013.
The Sheriff’s Office prepares to conduct a marijuana eradication detail. The eradication was supported by the Vermont National Guard Counter Drug Aviation Unit.
Sergeant David Jamieson (left), Deputy Gregory Danio (right) and other members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office harvest a plot of illegally grown marijuana in the Town of White Creek.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy follows the direction of a State Police helicopter during a 2013 eradication detail.