SAN ANTONIO – New government research shows record numbers of Americans have died from drug overdoses across the country.
In the 12-month period that ended in April, more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, almost 30% more than the previous year.
We know drugs are a big problem in and around our communities, which is why Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has joined. HIS leader on Sunday.
“Well, I mean listen, I think our problem here in San Antonio is just as bad, if not worse, than the rest of the country. Why? Because not only are we a destination, aren’t we, and drugs are coming here, but we’re also a major hub for drugs entering the country. They stop here, redistribute themselves outwards. But also, just by the fact that we are on so many major highways, drugs cross our county on a daily basis, ”said Sheriff Salazar.
Bexar County does more than just fight drugs and their distribution. But, there are also cartels and gangs.
“We are seeing more than our share of cartel activity, but also just locally organized crime. You know, we have an organized criminal group that was formed, reformed, and trained earlier this year. As far as that goes, we’re stationed at TAG, the Texas Anti-Gang Center. It’s kind of a task force, but we have a whole group within the Uniform Gang Unit of the Sheriff’s Office … who are also working 24/7 to try to tackle the problem ” , said Sheriff Salazar.
There has also been an increase in violent crime recently, but Sheriff Salazar said he was not sure why this was becoming a trend.
“I don’t know why we are seeing it. You know, here recently we have seen a wave of carjacking and attempted carjacking. As we know, we had the one that SAPD handled in the Quarry where the young woman was shot in the face. Around the same time, we had another young man who was successfully hijacked from his car in the western part of the county. We were able to make an arrest, but we saw oh, and shortly after, one Sunday morning at a Walmart on Foster Road, we saw an attempted hijacking by a 14-year-old. It appears that violent crime is on the rise. I mean, we’re over it. We work with our federal, state and local partners. Obviously, SAPD also devotes a lot of effort to this. But yes, gun violence is on the increase, ”Sheriff Salazar said.
You can watch Salazar’s full interview in the video player above.
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