Wednesday, three people were arrested after search warrants were executed at two residences in the city. State parole officers aided the department in the search that yielded enough crack cocaine to possibly net a trafficking charge, marijuana and a firearm.
Although street level dealers are an issue throughout the county, APD's goal Wednesday was to target suppliers.
"If we can knock the supply a little, the demand may go somewhere else," Chief Robert Jones said. "Drugs lead to other crimes like burglaries and thefts when people need the money to buy the drugs."
Arrests came after an investigation that began in April 2011. Since then, the department has used informants to make controlled purchases of various drugs. Purchases were made at residences in Adairsville and a video of a buy presented evidence of a firearm and drugs on the same table.
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, such as selling illegal drugs, is an offense on its own. Likewise, Jones said children seen in the video could create an extra charge against the offender for cruelty to children.
"If that deal goes awry, people could get killed or hurt," Jones said.
With two K9 units on the force, APD does not view the war on drugs as a lost cause and vows to continue eliminating suppliers and dealers in the city.
"If we can beat it down a little, I feel it's a worthy cause," Jones said. "But the most important thing is the community-oriented policing. Letting people know that we are here and what we're doing is one of the most important things we can do. When people know what's happening, they feel better."
After the operation in Adairsville, two officers travelled to Calhoun to assist Calhoun PD and the Gordon County Sheriff's Office in arresting two intended Bartow targets who fled the area. A total of five arrests resulted from the day's roundup.