The Pryor Times

Opinion

February 2, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Drug traffickers

Dear Editor,

I have been a resident in Mayes County for over 33 years.

The neighborhood that I live in was peaceful. All the neighbors were very friendly. Then, a new neighbor moved in. The traffic in and out of the new neighbor’s house started up.

First, it was in the daytime. Cars would drive up, the men would come out to the vehicle. They would exchange items, then the vehicle would drive up.

A few months later the traffic expanded to weekend nightly visits. A car  would drive up, the men, and sometimes the women, would take sacks out of the vehicle, go into the house. After a short time, they would come out with larger sacks, put them into the car and drive off. Most of the time, they would leave a man outside next to the vehicle as a lookout.

I started to call the sheriff’s department and report the questionable activities. After three months of no response, I went down to the sheriff’s office and talked to several officers that were there. Again, no action.

Then I got a video camera and started to video tape the activities. I also took as many tag numbers of the vehicles that came and went. Some on video, and some handwritten.

I took all the videos and a list of the tag numbers to the sheriff’s office. I talked to Sheriff Frank Cantey. He said that they sure would like to get these guys.

Words are cheap and easy to come by. Your actions or non-actions speak louder than words. This is what I call deliberate indifference.

In a span of 14 months, the sheriff did not send an on-duty officer to stay and watch for the drug trafficking activity that I had reported. Even though I had given the days and time window that the drug trafficking was taking place.

One time, an off-duty officer did come. He stayed an hour and a half. Then he left. Twenty minutes later, the drug traffickers came in. One man stayed at the side of the car while the other went into the house.

About five minutes later, the man came out with a large sack. They both jumped into the car and took off.

It is no wonder that Pryor, in Mayes County, tops the list of pseudoephedrine sales in the state of Oklahoma. With Sheriff Frank Cantey’s attitude of deliberate indifference, it is no wonder Pryor drug dealers are getting the top billing for pseudoephedrine sales.

My question is why?

Diana Reeves

Locust Grove

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