Franklin County Sheriff's Office asking drug dealers for tips on competitors
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) - Attention drug dealers: Do you want to turn in your competition? The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking that question in a flier recently posted to social media.
It says, "Is your drug dealing competition costing you money?"
And, "We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!"
The message was posted on the agency's Facebook page Monday afternoon.
"It's been, it's been pretty crazy," Sheriff Pat Melton said about the response.
The post has reached thousands of people and calls are coming into his office from news outlets across the country.
"It does draw attention to a serious issue even though it's a lighthearted approach to it," Melton said.
It's an approach WDRB asked people about in the community. The reaction was mixed.
"I laughed out loud when I saw it," Courtney Mccoy said.
"They're supposed to solve the problem in the beginning instead of use the criminals to fight other criminals," Amy Young told WDRB News.
Matt Looney said, "If it's a way they can get information then it seems like a good idea."
We're told the post led to eight solid tips in less than 24 hours and Sheriff Melton says drug dealers are taking notice.
"We've actually had drug dealers get on our website, on our Facebook page, and use some choice words telling us that we don't need to be doing that," he said.
Melton says he got the idea from another law enforcement agency in Georgia and knew he had to use it. He thinks more agencies should give it a try since he's already getting results.
"Ultimately, it focuses all that attention on drugs and drug dealers and nobody, drug dealers don't want that attention," Melton explained. "Drug dealers are greedy and they want to make all they can so if they can take somebody off by this - I guarantee you they'll do it."
The sheriff's office would eventually like to post the message on a billboard in the county.
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