UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)--Union Parish deputies are calling it a major victory in the war on drugs in three parishes. They've arrested a suspect who they say was one of the biggest dealers in the area. But as KNOE 8's Meg Smith reports, deputies say there's still a lot of work to be done when it comes to younger children becoming victims of drug trade.
Sheriff Bob Buckley calls Carlos Harris - who goes by the street name is "C-Lo" - one of the biggest drug dealers in the area...until Friday.
"He allegedly had been selling large amounts of narcotics in Union Parish, Jackson Parish, and the Lincoln Parish area," Buckley said.
Harris, along with Tiffany Wines, was arrested on numerous drug charges. The sheriff credits his narcotics division for having a no tolerance policy.
"What had happened is that some major dealers in our area had been taken down by the narcotics unit, and so the word was, 'well there's no competition,'" Buckley said. "So they decided to come up here and that didn't work out too well for them."
The suspects allegedly did most of their drug deals at a house on East Green Street in Farmerville. But Sheriff Buckley says the real victims in this case are children. Deputies tell us children were present when the suspects were either dealing or using drugs.
"More people are allowing children to be there while they are either selling or using," Buckley said.
Deputies are working to break that cycle, because children who are around drugs see it as the norm. Then later in life, they often go into illegal trade themselves, seeing no problem with it.
"That's a lot of the problem," Buckley said. "So if we can break the cycle in the children, maybe we can break it in the adult."
Deputies seized Harris's car, as well as a large amount of drugs. Sheriff Buckley has this message for other dealers out there:
"They need to start looking over their shoulders," Buckley said. "And I will tell them this: there are a number of undercover agents working undercover out there as we speak."