The new toll-free hotline number began last week. So far, they have just received a couple of phone calls, however, the South Plains Narcotics Task Force says when the phone calls do start pouring in, they will use that information about where the drugs are made and sold to help clean-up the streets.
It's the first toll-free drug hotline available to concerned citizens on the South Plains. People who live in counties surrounding and including Lubbock county are urged to use the hotline number if they see any strange activity in their neighborhood. Task Force Commander James Shavers says providing one phone number for 18 counties will bring information in more efficiently.
"Citizens are our best source of information. They're the ones that see suspected drug activity. They see cars coming and going, they might smell a strange odor that might be a meth lab. They can report that directly to us and we can investigate it," said Shavers.
Lubbock citizens are already keeping an eye out on their neighborhoods, even before the hotline number went into effect last week. In one Central Lubbock neighborhood, and among nice homes, one home owner was arrested two weeks ago thanks to a tip from a resident. Lubbock Police found drugs inside the house. The neighbors NewsChannel 11 talked to said they saw more cars than usual coming and going and reported that activity. Some say they found needles in their driveways.
Shavers says the Narcotics Task Force wants help from the citizens in the rural communities as well. He says drugs are just as evident there as they are in larger communities.
The new toll free number will provide drug officers a way to consolidate the South Plains drug efforts. The number to call is 1-800-621-0608 . You will remain anonymous.