Troy police in process of restoring drug unit

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Troy police are in the process of restoring their drug unit after it was dissolved more than a year ago.

The department said they will be focusing on low level drug crimes now that the drug unit is restored.

“When you look at a city the size of Troy, you’ve got a drug problem,” said John Cooney, retired Troy police Capitan. “And in Troy, there is.”

Cooney said that’s why the city’s drug unit is going to be reinstated. The city’s previous drug force was disbanded, after two officers pleaded guilty to official misconduct.

“Once your unit has been compromised, as far as questions regarding illegal entry of a residence, improper securing of evidence, you’ve basically lost your credibility with not only the public, but in future court endeavors,” he said. “It will always be thrown in your face in the defense.”

The new unit, which will consist of six assigned officers, will serve as a clean-slate for the department.

“Now when you Bring in this specific unit, you bring in the ability to try to train these officers in the areas of search warrant, application, and the areas of surveillance,” said Cooney.

The officers will focus on low-level drug offenses, which Cooney said, will make Troy safer over time.

“Small time low- level drug offenders are what causes our shootings, what causes our fights, and what causes the paraphernalia on the streets that we worry about our child picking up and eating and such.”

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