May 2, 2007 Edition

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Reserve officers
hear from JPD

Blake Bristow of the Jonesboro Police Department displays a bag of meth ice, along with other drugs and drug paraphernalia for Lawrence County Reserve Officers during a meeting held at the courthouse last Thursday evening.

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Blake Bristow of the Jonesboro Police Department's K-9 unit met with Lawrence County Reserve Officers last Thursday night at the courthouse to discuss the problem of drug trafficking in Northeast Arkansas.

Bristow, who works with the DEA and Drug Task Force, brought over $150,000 worth of drugs, in various forms, to show the officers.

"I know these guys don't always get the type of training we have," said Bristow, adding that he wants them to know what is going through this area now.

He brought a large bag of meth ice, five pounds of marijuana, several pieces of drug paraphernalia and a teddy bear with a pocket in the back that was used to smuggle cocaine.

Bristow also shared a list of commonly used drugs and physical signs of their abuse including depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens and several others.

On the problem with "Strawberry Quick," Bristow said that it is not a major problem in Arkansas yet.

Strawberry Quick is the street name for a new form of crystallized meth, specifically targeted at children. It looks like Pop Rocks candy, is dark pink in color and has a strawberry scent.

"Its hard to say when it will show up here," said Bristow, "maybe not 'til fall, hopefully never."

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