Drug problems continue in Wellsboro

Take a ride with Wellsboro Police Officer Frank Levindoski


by Sara Vogt - January 16, 2014

Drugs – parks – teens – no supervision – a combination that is harming our youth.

Officer Levindoski of the Wellsboro Police Department believes that the lack of supervision is a contributing part of the problem. Drug deals are being made in a number of locations including area parks. Drugs are coming in from places like Williamsport and then being distributed in the Wellsboro area. Dealers will often talk to the kids downtown or at local events and from there the word quickly spreads on where the drugs can be purchased. There are other times when local kids will put out an inquiry on what’s here and where they can buy it. From there drugs can move into schools using backpacks or other transporting devices. Wellsboro school officials have taken a very hard-line approach regarding backpack searches and have been successful in combating this method of getting the drugs into the schools.

Unfortunately, drug communications are nearly impossible to stop and take place through letters, texting, or word-of-mouth, setting up the buy for later on – off school grounds. After school the drug purchase can take place in any location, like the cemetery, downtown on the street, in cars or parks. Packer Park has been one of the parks used in the past for doing drug deals so the police have been diligent in their efforts to monitor this area.

If you or a family member is struggling with drug addiction and needs help, we encourage you to contact Harbor Counseling at (570) 724-5272.

For more information about how drug addiction affects your brain, you can watch an interview with Doug Candelario of Harbor Counseling here.



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