With ongoing drug problems in their small town, the Coeymans Police Department decided to do something about it. YNN's Erin Connolly reports.
COEYMANS, N.Y. -- Drugs, guns, and money are just some of the items confiscated by the Coeymans Police Department in the last few weeks.
Gregory Darlington the Coeymans Police Chief said, "Why in the town of Coeymans, we're not sure.''
After noticing drugs becoming an increasing issue in the area, members of the Coeymans Police Department took matters into their own hands. The Coeymans Anti-Narcotics team, also known as CANT, was formed in May.
Chief Darlington said, "We've seen a large influx especially of prescription drugs in our area and it became alarming.''
Since the summer, the CANT team has confiscated three ounces of cocaine, 18 packages of heroin, more than 225 marijuana plants, 16 pounds of marijuana, and shutdown two sophisticated growing operations. In addition, they recovered a number of firearms, three vehicles, and $10,000 worth of cash.
Stephen Flach, the Coeymans Town Supervisor said, "We know drugs can ruin lives and destroy families and I'm very thankful for the operation for the work they've done in our town.''
In the past month alone, five people have been arrested. They're facing a variety of charges from criminal possession of a narcotic drug to criminal possession of a weapon.
Just 15 officers make up the Coeymans Police Department and just 5 are full-time. However, the chief says he's extremely proud of what they've accomplished.
Chief Darlington said, "We're out there. We're trying to stay on top of it. It is a growing issue and yes if you're doing it here in town, my hope is I'll catch ya.''
It's a strong warning with the results to back it up.