Drug dragnets are a good public relations tool for local law enforcement authorities, but whether they bring about a lasting reduction in drug trafficking activities in the particular locality is highly questionable due to decades of experience indicating just the opposite. Recently, a drug sweep by New York authorities resulted in 21 arrests on drug charges in the Tompkins County area. Several state agencies joined with the Tompkins County Sheriff's office in conducting the investigation and the sweep.
The County Sheriff announced the sweep in a news conference, saying that it was the result of a rash of complaints from the community, particularly last summer. Complaints dealt with drug usage, burglaries and car larcenies. The Sheriff indicated that key players were identified by the public in their complaints. Some of the arrests involved the execution of existing warrants against suspects not previously apprehended, including one murder warrant.