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Drug problems arise at BU

Nov. 17, 1998

BY TINISHA KNOX

Reporter

Tinisha_Knox@baylor.edu

Roger Leach, a narcotics investigator, and Todd Christensen, a K-9 handler/narcotics investigator of the Agriplex Drug Task Force spoke with Baylor students Monday about the drug war in McLennan County.

'Not only is there a lot of dope in the county, but there is a lot of dope on Baylor's campus,' Leach said.

Christensen said many students like to experiment with drugs at parties as a result of peer pressure.

'We just want to get the drugs off the streets,' Leach said.

Chief Jim Doak of the Baylor Department of Public Safety said there is evidence of an increase in drug use at Baylor over the last couple of years.

'We know that there are sources coming from Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin,' Doak said.

Leach said a drug investigation can take anywhere from three days to eight years depending on the different number and positions of individuals involved.

'Our officers take all of these cases personally to make sure all these cases are solved; but the bad thing is that it will sometimes eat them up,' Leach said.

Leach said the difference between a narcotics investigation and any other is that no one can know the leads that the agents have acquired.

'The bad thing is that when a crime is already committed, the media can't be used to help catch the suspect,' Leach said.

Leach said there are several popular drugs out now.

'Rock cocaine is making a comeback. The bad thing is that people think they can control their usage, but once they get an unbelievable high that first time, they keep trying over and over again to get it again,' Leach said.

Marijuana is another drug that is popular.

'Marijuana can be smoked, cooked and eaten,' Leach said.

According to Lieutenant Ray Casares of the Baylor Department of Public Safety, another drug to watch for is Rohypnol, commonly called the 'date rape' drug.

'This drug is growing intensely on campuses,' said Casares.

Rohypnol was designed to cure insomnia and is used by European physicians as an anesthesia. It is now being used as a dissolvable tablet in one's drink that impairs the senses.

'If you're going to drink, don't leave your drink at the table and be very careful,' Casares said. 'It is illegal to have in this country. It is made in Mexico and sold across the border.'

Casares said this drug is so devastating that one pill causes complete loss of control and memory.

'A test can be administered to detect the drug within 24 hours of consumption,' Casares said.

Leach said one complaint of his unit used to be their search methods.

'The first question I used to asked was 'Where is the dope?' because we don't want to tear up your house,' Leach said.

Leach said if the suspect did not cooperate his team would literally tear everything up until they found what they were looking for.

'Now we have Rescue (a 2-year-old Golden Retriever costing $6,000) to find the drugs for us. Cocaine is the hardest drug for him to sniff out, but he can find weed in a matter a seconds,' Christensen said. 'Rescue has found over $80,000 and 350 pounds worth of drugs.'

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