LANCASTER - Something changed in the Lancaster police department about the time Wanda Shelton was named interim police chief.
Suddenly more drug-related arrests were being made.
"They're just focused more on high drug areas, and following up on the investigative end of it," said Sgt. Willie Skeens of the department's new focus to go after everyone from the user to the pusher.
Within the last two months, drug arrests in Lancaster have increased about 30 percent. In the department's October activity report presented to Mayor Billy Moss and the City Council Monday, 45 of the 101 total arrests were for drug use, possession or trafficking. Prior to Shelton's appointment, Skeens said drug arrests averaged about 18 to 20 per month.
Both Skeens and Shelton said the problem with drugs is that they often usher in other illegal activity.
"Drugs lead to burglaries, theft, all other crimes," said Shelton of users who steal to get money or resources to satisfy their nefarious behavior.