We steamroll into week 5 of the C.P.A. with the momentum from week 4 and the great discussions we had about ICAC and other child crimes with Sgt. Albright. That sat the bar pretty high for the evening. Luckily, the C.P.A. lived up to the expectations. How? It was narcotics week! They passed around copious amounts of mind altering and potentially hazardous drugs for all of us!
Ok. We could only look at the drugs. But that didn’t dampen the spirit any. I mean, how many among us can say they have held a bag full of crystal meth worth $60,000? Or bags full of cocaine? A pound of really old weed? Well, the members of the third class of the C.P.A. can say they have done that.
At this point, it was announced they had provided brownies for the group. It was understood that there was absolutely NO connection of their being brownies made available on a week the narcotics unit was in the training room. Even still, I shied away from the brownies. They however looked as delicious as they could possibly be. I was told they were indeed that delicious.
Captain Grassino introduced us to the Narcotics unit as they are under his command. He cautioned us against photography and limited me to photography that would not include the officers. This, of course is for their own safety. They risk their lives going undercover and working vice for the Enid Police Department. Should I accidentally take a picture of Sgt. Bob Anderson who lives at 742 Evergreen Terrace, that would be horrible and completely irresponsible of me. Bob’s a good guy.
Grassino explained that the narcotics unit was one of his passions as a police officer. He has spent many years of his service in the narcotics unit. “It takes a special person to work narcotics….we see the seedy side of society,” he said. He made sure to point out that narcotics doesn’t limit itself to one section or class of society. “We’ve arrest lawyers, doctors, it can be east side or west side…”Grassino said. Drugs, it seems, knows no boundaries.
“Enid is not immune to any drug. If it’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, it’s probably here too,” he said. “Remember, Highway 412 is a major drug pipeline running things from out west to the east.”
HISTORY OF THE NARCOTICS UNIT
In 1985, an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officer named Bill Stewart, who worked out of Enid, was undercover and was killed in the line of duty. At that point, Sgt. Wilcox of the Enid Police Department felt that there was a real need for the department to have it’s own dedicated unit devoted to nothing but narcotics. The narcotics unit started in 1985. In 1988, the department noticed a big influx of crack cocaine coming into Enid. To help keep up with that, a young officer named Brian O’Rourke (now Chief of Police) was assigned to the narcotics unit. This gave the department two full time detectives. They were housed out of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, not at the station. They used all OBN equipment and assisted them. Flash forward to 2012, and the Enid P.D. Narcotics unit is allotted 5 full time narcotics detectives and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is housed with the Enid P.D. A complete reversal of 1988.
DRUGS (click the pictures to make them bigger and begin the slideshow):
There is so much more to this night. The guys from the narcotics unit tell you so many stories and answer so many questions that there simply isn’t enough space in this article to share it all. What I can tell you is that it is truly an interesting evening. You learn a lot about drugs, myths about drugs, and which drugs are prevalent now or on the upswing.
I’ll close this week, with a humorous video that was shown.