Cheap crack cocaine sign of crime increase

The price of crack cocaine is down according to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office and it's cause for concern.

Back in March, Mayor Dick Moore said he wanted to take officers from the Elkhart Police Department away from I.C.E.and move to them to the patrol division.

I.C.E. is a county wide drug task force.

It was part of the crime initiative plan.

Since then, only two more city officers have been put on the street, compared to the eleven he originally wanted.

The prosecutor's office says informants are telling them the price of cocaine has dropped dramatically in the past few months.

The office says that's a sign there are more dealers and more drugs available in the county.

Meantime, the mayor says his plan of increasing police presence will deter crime.

“We are pleased with that because those numbers increase our police presence with officers that we didn't have to train, they are already trained and they were sent to our academy.. they can go to work out on the street,” says Mayor Moore.

“The prices of crack cocaine primarily... the price is plummeting quite quickly.. the price is going down.. the availability is going up because the pressures have released or relieved,” explains Prosecutor Curtis Hill.

The I.C.E. unit is still together. Officers from Goshen and Elkhart County police are still active but the Elkhart City Police Department is not involved.

Since I.C.E. started 78 percent of the cases have been in the city of Elkhart.

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