Methamphetamine is the bane of law enforcement officers everywhere, and the Enid Police Department is no exception. Using Oklahoma's law restricting the purchase of over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine -- an ingredient used for cooking meth -- Enid police officers have helped stem the tide of meth production in Garfield County, as well as northwest Oklahoma.

Oklahoma law now requires those purchasing cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to sign a log book. While checking the book at a local pharmacy, EPD Patrolman Jason Priest recognized a number of the names and noticed the amounts and frequency of the purchases were suspicious.

So Priest began checking log books at other pharmacies and developed a database of suspicious purchases. His investigation has resulted in 73 defendants, 101 cases, more than $10,000 of seized drug money, two vehicles, 16 major charges, 23 charges of possession of methamphetamine, 10 labs seized, 10 charges of possession with intent to distribute and 15 search warrants.

Thumbs up to Priest, and his fellow EPD officers, for their continued diligence in the local war on drugs.



Ideally, prison should offer an opportunity for rehabilitation, not just incarceration.

Inmates at James Crabtree Correctional Center have been participating in a project known as the Bridge Project designed to give elderly, sick and disabled inmates something to do. These inmates are considered "unemployable" for other jobs around the prison due to their physical limitations.

In May, the Bridge Project was recognized as a Governor's Commendation for Excellence Award winner during the 2005 Quality Oklahoma Team Day. The project also received a Specialty Award for its booth showing what the project has accomplished.

Thumbs up to the James Crabtree Correctional Center and the Bridge Project for devising a way to keep special needs inmates active and productive.



Two local lawmen have traded their badges for passports and soon will be on their way to one of the world's hot spots.

Garfield County sheriff's deputy George Dillman and Troy Bush, Garber police chief, are training for the International Police Mission and will be headed to Iraq to help create and train a national Iraqi police force.

The sooner the Iraqi police and military are ready to provide security for their country, the sooner American troops can come home. Thumbs up to Dillman and Bush for doing their part to help speed up that process.



Washington was put on alert recently when a small plane entered that city's restricted airspace and forced evacuation of the U.S. Capitol.

The twin-engine turboprop aircraft was intercepted by fighter jets, and quickly changed course, but the intrusion was the second in about six weeks.

Not every violation results in the evacuation of government buildings, but enough have occurred recently to raise the risk of a situation similar to that of the boy who cried wolf. If enough false alarms occur, people will begin to think no evacuation warning is real, thus slowing response time should an actual attack on Washington from the air ever occur.



Thumbs down to the careless pilots rattling people's nerves in Washington and setting the stage for possible future disaster.



The stars of the future were on display when the USA Wrestling National Junior Dual Meet Championships held its recent five-day run at Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum.

Some 28 teams from as far away as Florida, Minnesota and Ohio were on hand to compete and enjoy Enid's hospitality.



The wrestling tournament is just one of the sporting events that brings people to town and boosts the city's economy every summer. Baseball and softball also bring people to Enid, filling the motels and bringing added revenue to restaurants and retailers.

Thumbs up to all the sporting events that help bring teams and fans, and their money, to town every summer.



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