JEFFERSON CITY - The total number of narcotics violations for the Cole County area increased by 58 percent from 2011 to June 30, 2012, according to a report released by the Jefferson City Police Department and the Cole County Sheriff's Office.
In 2011, there was 378 total narcotics violations, while there were 642 total narcotics violations in just the first six months of 2012. Narcotics violations include possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, synthetics, drug paraphernalia, imitation substance, drug trafficking and distribution.
"We unfortunately have to admit that this is a national problem," said Jefferson City Police Chief Roger Schroeder. "These numbers reflect what exists in the rest of the country. I don't think we're any worse than other communities of our size."
These numbers come from the first edition of what the departments are calling the "Marshall Report." It covers the number of drug cases developed by both the Jefferson City Police Department and the Cole County Sheriff's Office.
The report is named after Jim Marshall, who's 20-year-old son died last year because of a heroin overdose.
"After last year, I knew I had to get involved somehow and really educate others about the dangers of these types of drugs," Marshall said.
According to the MUSTANG Drug Task Force, heroin has now surpassed all other drug investigations in mid-Missouri.
The report also notes the number of people charged with driving while intoxicated from the end of 2011 to June 30, 2012. So far in 2012, there have been 92 driving while intoxicated charges. In all of 2011, there were 123 charges.