The Times West Virginian

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November 26, 2012

‘A serious problem’

County’s prosecuting attorney sees ‘epidemic’ of drug use

FAIRMONT — As Marion County’s prosecuting attorney, Pat Wilson sees cases involving drugs every day and knows there is a problem throughout the county.

“It’s been serious,” he said. “It remains still to be a serious problem, unfortunately.”

The prosecutor’s office is responsible for the prosecution of all felony cases and all misdemeanor cases in the county. Wilson said drugs are impacting other crimes that they have to deal with.

He said there are more than 2,000 misdemeanor cases in Marion County each year.

“You find that a lot of the domestic violence cases, the battery cases, the petit larceny cases are often related to drug or alcohol abuse,” Wilson added.

Stealing is another crime many people involved with drugs commit.

“People only have so much income, and drugs are expensive,” Wilson said. “Particularly if they have a serious habit, then people will steal to do that.”

As a citizen of Marion County, Wilson said it’s frightening to know what is going on in the county, but he knows there are people working hard to deter the activity.

“It’s an epidemic,” he said. “It’s been an epidemic problem and I know that there have been ongoing efforts to try and stifle that, to help that and to reduce that.”

Wilson has found that citizens being tired of drug crimes has helped in the success of fighting back.

 

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