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My goal is to make the Moore County Sheriff’s Office the finest Department in the State, with the best trained, best educated, best equipped, and best paid deputies. We will reduce crime in Moore County for the first time in decades through new leadership, effective use of current resources, and innovative new policies. We will create an environment that all staff will enjoy working and advancing their careers in. We will also make the Sheriff's Department free to the taxpayer, plus generate up to a potential $25 million in net annual income from the Sheriff’s Department, that can be used to build schools, a courthouse, or other county amenities.

Doing the same thing get the same results, and the same good old boys network.
The job of Sheriff is primarily that of a manager. He manages the assets, personnel, and resources of the Sheriff Department. When you think about it, our Sheriff has very little to do with actual hands on law enforcement. A deputy’s only management experience comes through being promoted through the ranks of the department and the vast unaccountable government bureaucracy that is always feeding from the public trough. That's why we have spent hundreds of millions of dollars at the Moore County Sheriff's office, only to see crime statistics rise while eroding away our moral base. My management experience comes from the private sector, where every dollar has to be managed properly in order to survive in business. I come from a world outside of politics, where track records and accomplishments count... words don't. The question is, who do you want managing your $11 million dollar per year Moore County Sheriff's Department budget? A government bureaucrat, who has never signed the front of a paycheck, or a professional business manager who has to meet the needs of the public in order to survive in the business world?
Since I have lived in Moore County, with one exception, the Sheriff has always risen to power by being appointed by The Moore County Executive Committee. Every time the chief deputy, with no management experience, is selected to replace the outgoing Sheriff. And every time we get the same results, higher crime rates. You cannot take a novice manager and put him in a detailed management position with an $11 million budget and expect him to succeed. The best he can do is to keep in place those proven unsuccessful policies, and tweak them as time moves on. Airlines are much like the sheriff department. They're charged with keeping people safe. However, there is a reason they don't hire pilots to run airlines. It's because pilots are not managers, they are great pilots. Yet, the manager they do hire to run the airline does not know how to fly the planes he manages. He surrounds himself with great people to get the job done, and provides the leadership to make the company successful.

Over the last two years, I have received numerous letters from current and former deputies, plus many of them have come and talked to me. One constant theme that always comes up is the existence of the good old boys network within the Sheriff's Department. Many deputies have left our department, after we have spent thousands of dollars training them, because they can see no future for their careers, because they're not part of the good old boys network. This network must stop. However, it will never stop by hiring a member of the network and putting them in charge. Everyone's careers should be based on their performance, and not be based on who they know. Politics has no place in the Sheriff Department.

Drug crimes are the root cause of 90% of all crimes, but 97% of all drug crimes end in a plea deal.

 

Drug crimes are 90% of our problem here in Moore County, across the state and country. Unfortunately, here Moore County, not one single statistic is available on how bad the problem is in our county. You would think with the problem being as big as it is, there would be some statistics to measure our progress against the war on drugs.  Instead, law enforcement, from the Attorney General to every police department in the state, are more interested in perpetuating what I call the "big lie" when it comes to crime statistics.
 The SBI Annual Crime Report that promotes the deception of the real crime figures, claims that crime has declined 20% in Moore County in the last 10 years. What the report does not tell you, is that the report only covers 1.5% of all the reported crime, and that the “books are cooked.” Every time a crime is reported it’s classified as either a “Type 1” or a “Type 2” crime. “Type 1”crimes constitute only 1.5% of all the crimes committed, yet they are the only crimes that they release statistics on. There are only 8 “Type 1”crimes, which are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson and stolen vehicles. All the other 100,000+ crimes, which constitute 98.5% of all crimes, are “Type 2” crimes. 90% of all crimes are caused by drug crimes, which are a “Type 2” crime. There are no statistics available for “Type 2” crimes. So, if larcenies (a “Type 1”crime) are trending upwards, all they do is reclassify some of the cases as stolen property (a “Type 2”crime). Likewise, if burglaries (a “Type 1”crime) are too high, they reclassify some of them as breaking and entering (a “Type 2”crime). That is how they cook the books in order to falsely claim a drop in crime.
To put it in perspective as far as Moore County is concerned; there were approximately 2200 “Type 1” crimes in Moore County in 2014. The majority of those “Type 1” crimes were for burglary and larceny. On the other hand, there were over 150,000 “Type 2” crimes reported in Moore County in 2014.
The SBI crime report is generated annually by the North Carolina Department of Justice. If you look at the overall report, county by county, you'll notice that each county, on average, has a miraculous drop in crime each year of about 2%. The state as a whole, miraculously has a steady drop in overall crime (remember we are only talking about "Type 1" crimes) year after year. If this were true, we would be downsizing detention centers and prisons, not building new ones. Yet, we continue to build more and more jail cells into our detention centers, as well as more prisons and court rooms. Our Attorney General is not going to let a crime report show an increase in crime for the State of North Carolina. That would be bad for economic growth and for the Attorney General's political future. This is why the books are cooked, to ensure the outcome.
Here is the sad irony concerning “Type 1”crimes. 90% of the “Type 1”crimes are never solved, but since they miraculously dropped 2% each year, law enforcement pounds its chest and promotes the idea that crime has come down because of the “wonderful” job they are doing. To promote such nonsense as fact, gives citizens a false sense of security that does not exist, plus it is just an outright lie.

A Real Solution to the Drug Problem...Our Own Crime Lab
The root cause of 90% of all crime in America is drugs. No one in law enforcement disputes that number. Whether it's murder, robbery, or assault, 90% of the time, the motivating factor behind the crime is for the sole purpose of obtaining illegal drugs. Americans are so fixated on their next high, we've lost all perspective as to how bad the problem is. Our Sheriff Department does not have a clue how bad the problem is, or how to fix it. There is not one single statistic available to the public to even tell us how bad the drug problem is in Moore County. The taxpayers have spent over $100 million in the last 10 years, but the Sheriff Department cannot produce one statistic to measure the success or failure of its drug policy. Let's take a look at exactly how the department handles drug crimes and why current policies fail, followed by my solutions and why my policies will succeed.
Let's suppose John Doe is arrested for drug trafficking. Under our current policy, here is what will happen. John Doe will be taken to the detention center and stand before a magistrate, and a bail amount will be established. One of two things will happen. Either John Doe will be bailed out, and he is back in business for the next three years, or he will sit in a jail cell for the next three years, at a cost of $210,000 to the Moore County taxpayer, waiting for his trial date which will never take place. While John Doe is waiting for his trial date to arrive, the evidence will be sent to the Raleigh SBI crime lab, where due to an excessive backlog, the evidence will sit on the shelf for two years waiting to be analyzed. Once analyzed, a report will be sent back to the county confirming that illegal drugs were present. Then it will take at least one more year before the trial can begin because the technician who tested the drugs schedule has to work in with the district attorney schedule, defense schedule, and the court's schedule. By the time all those schedules merge another year has passed... but even then, the trial will probably never take place. By the date of the trial, there is a high probability the arresting deputy will not even be working at the Sheriff's Department  (the annual turnover rate at the department is over 30%) due to low morale, low pay, and the good old boys management style, that chases good employees away.  Another reason the trial will probably never take place is because witnesses needed for the trial, will have moved or disappeared since no tracking system is established to keep them engaged. At that point, the District Attorney has no choice but to strike a plea bargain deal, because the case has literally fallen apart. 97% of all drug cases end in a plea bargain deal, because of the pathetic way the sheriff department handles drug cases.
Drug busts are almost pointless when the outcome is a plea bargain 97% of the time. Defendants, as well as defense attorneys know the outcome of a drug bust before it even starts. Dealers and traffickers just look at getting caught as a part of doing business. They just sit back and wait for the plea bargain to arrive. But what if there was a way to turn all this around, and save the taxpayers millions of dollars at the same time? What if there was a way to get evidence back in two days, and get to trial within three months ,and get a 97% conviction rate, and start sending the dealers and traffickers who are poisoning our kids, family, friends, coworkers, and society with their poison to prison, and get society the justice they deserve and have paid for?
Well, there is a way, and this is exactly how I will accomplish it. The first thing we must do is install our own CRIME LAB. Space already exists in the detention center for a crime lab. Instead of bearing the cost of establishing the lab from scratch, at a price tag of $1 million, it would make much more economic sense to provide this space to a subcontractor. Cumberland County recently did exactly this at an annual cost of $288,000. Forsyth County has installed a crime lab too, and the judge makes the defendant pay for the tests. If we could speed up the trial of two incarcerated prisoner by 2.8 years (remember, it currently takes three years to get a drug dealer to trial), the saved incarceration fees will more than pay the annual cost of running the crime lab. The annual cost can also be reduced even more by sharing it with one or two more counties, and possible government grants. It could also be used as a teaching lab in conjunction with Sandhills Community College, which could further reduce operating costs .This is such a no-brainer that there should be neon sign on the sheriff's wall that says "it's the crime lab Sheriff!" We could then pass the savings on to the deputies and the detention center employees in the form of merit raises. I want our staff to be the best paid in their field, in our state. This will help boost morale, increase productivity, but above all, help retain good help. When an opening does occur, better candidates will be applying for the job. Right now we're just a training ground for surrounding counties who snatch our employees away once we've trained them on your nickel.


How I will make the Sheriff Department FREE to the taxpayer and put money back in the county’s coffers.
Last year the Federal Government spent over $80 billion renting jail space. There is no reason $45 Million of those dollars cannot be spent here in Moore County. We are already participating with other detention centers by helping to supply space for overflow situations. Between the old and new detention centers there are 288 beds. After our new crime lab reduces demand on our detention center, we will only have a need for 70 beds. That leaves 218 beds that can be leased out. I am told, on average, the Federal Government will lease beds for $575 per day. That is a gross of $45,752,750. After deducting for the added cost of housing the prisoners, the Sheriff Department should be able to give back to the County (on top of a free Sheriff Department) up to $45 million annually.
This surplus of cash will allow me to give the citizens of Moore County the best paid, educated, equipped, and trained staff in the State of North Carolina. Deputies will look forward to coming to work under my leadership. I will reorganize the staff into teams, and reward teams with bonuses for accomplishing goals. Everyone’s opinions and ideas will be considered to achieve our goals. Deputies will quickly learn that I am there to support their mission, which will always be the following:
Build the community to you.
Never, ever, compromise you integrity.
Protect and serve everyone, especially children, the elderly and innocent animals.


Summary
Getting drug dealers and traffickers out of our County will be my #1 goal. By putting in a crime lab and getting them to trial within 90 days (instead of the current 3 years), and then sending them to prison, will send a strong message. That will be, if you choose to be in the drug distribution business, you better find some other place than Moore County to do it, because when you are caught in our County, there will be no delays or plea deals. You will go to prison. I will also use my two radio stations, and encourage the public with a year round campaign, to turn in tips about drug activity in our community. This will result in a dramatic drop in drug dealing and trafficking arrests, because the offenders will move their operations to other counties, where it will still take 3 years to get to trial.
Cutting down the supply of drugs is just half the equation. The demand side is much larger and will require a complex, multi-tiered approach. The first thing we need to do is to develop a program, tailored to each school level, and present it during an assembly at each school in the county every year, in an effort to reach every single student. The higher the schools level, the more intense the program needs to be in order to convey the consequences associated with doing drugs.

Next, we need to develop what I call "a way out program." When someone is busted for felony possession of drugs (for example, one non-prescribed pill), and they are a first time offender, there should be a way for them to get the offense expunged from their record. I would work with the District Attorney's Office, and the courts, to develop a plan whereby the defendant first give up their supplier. Secondly, they would come in weekly for the next six months and be tested for drugs. Thirdly, they would perform a prescribed amount of community service and would be paired with a mentor, who is a rehabilitated drug offender. Upon successful completion of the program, the defendant's record would be expunged.

I would also like to start a "Scared Straight" program, in an effort to reach those youths who are on the borderline of committing their lives to a life of crime and gangs. These programs have been successful in turning around many lives in other communities.

It is my honor to be considered by you, for the position of Sheriff of Moore County. In closing let me ask you one question. If I am appointed Sheriff, what is the worst thing that could happen? The answer is, the department will move forward with little change. However, I assure you that will not happen. I have never failed at any project
I have taken on. I will work relentlessly until I have achieved success.  We will bring down real crime rates in Moore County, and we will start winning the war on drugs. We will all once again enjoy a safe environment in our County, and you will be proud of your Moore County Sheriff Department.

I am constantly talking to fellow citizens about the condition of our county, state, and country. The number one complaint I often hear is that nothing ever changes. North Carolina law allows anyone who can legally hold office, to become Sheriff. This is so that the citizens can pick the right candidate to fit the situation in their county. If this were Ashe County, North Carolina, where the Sheriff Department staff has about 15 deputies, I would not be the right candidate, since the Sheriff is actively patrolling with his deputies. However, this is Moore County, where you have 75 deputies, 46 detention officers, and a potential 288 inmates. This is an environment that is better handled with professional management skills, rather than deputy skills. Reguardless who is elected Sheriff, they will be surrounded by the same staff that is in place today. You will not be unprotected. You are deciding who is going to lead this staff.  Airlines do not hire pilots to run them for a reason. Because they are pilots and not managers, with management training and experience. Eastern Airlines hired a pilot to head their airline, which destroyed the company. The Sheriff Department is literally sitting on a pot of gold. The County already owns the gold mine. It just needs the business leader to harvest the gold, which is just sitting there waiting to be picked up. However, we need to get busy and implement my plan now, and get out position and dominance in place, before other counties try to emulate my plan. By being the first in our area to create a hub to house prisoners, you greatly reduce the chances of nearby counties being able to copy our success.  

At the age of 27, I took my life savings of $25,000 and went to the bank and secured three residential construction loans. Within six years I had grown my construction company into the largest homebuilding company in the state of North Carolina. I had over 100 homes under construction at any one time, and built over 2000 homes. I submit that I’m not just a good manager, I am a great manager. I possess the skills needed to make my plans for the Moore County Sheriff Department a reality.

As a resident of Moore County, you must decide who is going to be the next Sheriff. For this election, you have two distinct paths to choose from. Down Path A, you have the same path you have been on for the past 100 years. The other, Path B, is the one that I have proposed, with a crime lab, a 97% conviction rate for drug dealers and traffickers and a plan to eliminate them from our County, a free Sheriff Department to the Moore County taxpayer, and a potential $25 million annual surplus to build schools and a new courthouse.

It is easy to choose Path A. Crime will continue to rise, and so will your tax bill. I am asking you to choose Path B with me, because it is the right thing to do for our County. I will use my radio station to rapidly educate the public as to the wisdom of your decision. Together we will make the Moore County Sheriff Department the premier agency I know it can be. Plus the criminals will be paying our bills, instead of leaching off of the taxpayer.

Chapter 2: The Taj Mahal

Our Sheriff claims crime has declined 22% since he joined the sheriff department 11 years ago as a chief deputy, but his actions do not match his rhetoric. If that were the case, we would need fewer jail cells. Instead, our sheriff convinced the Moore County Board of Commissioners to spend $42 million on a brand-new detention center. Money that should have gone towards school construction instead. Our sheriff sat on the committee that oversaw the design and construction of the Rick Rhyne Detention Center (aka The Taj Mahal). It is also under our sheriff's "leadership," that this very detention center has failed every single State inspection as a detention center.

Let's take a moment and review how the Rick Rhyne Detention Center became a $42 million reality, and exactly what is in the building. While our Sheriff was miraculously "bringing crime down 22%," the jail capacity in the old detention center was maxing out. The county had to find a way to either expand the old detention center or reduced demand on the facility. Since neither of those options were a viable solution to our Sheriff, it was concluded the only solution was a new detention center. While the county was in the mood to build a new detention center, it was also decided that the new center should house a new Sheriff's office.

I'll be the first to admit, the old Sheriff's office of 7000 ft.² (which was in the basement of the current courthouse) was too small for the 76 deputies that were using it. But, I'll also be the first to admit, that our Sheriff raped Moore County by drastically over designing and overbuilding the new detention center. Our Sheriff cannot escape the liability of his extravagance, because he sat on the very committee that looked after the design and construction of the detention facility. He even traveled around the country visiting other detention centers to get "new ideas." I'll admit it's a beautiful facility, but it is way over built and a perfect example of the unconscionable waste a government bureaucrat, like our Sheriff, displays when he's put in charge without the proper management skills to guide his judgment calls. This detention center is just one of many poor judgment calls made by this Sheriff.

Before the decision was made to begin construction of the facility, the Sheriff was asked directly by the Moore County Board of Commissioners "can you (the Sheriff) operate this facility with the same amount of employees?" He pointed out, because of the "stacked construction" of the jail facility, he could operate the facility with no additional staff. Again, the Sheriff lied. This is a lie that he continues to try to work out of to this very day. This is the very lie that has caused him to flunk every State inspection of the jail facility. He has flunked every State inspection because his staff to prisoner ratio is too low. He has wasted money and compromised safety, by pulling patrol deputies away from their normal duties and putting them in the detention center to drive up his staff to prisoner ratio, thus leaving the citizens in a less protected state. As soon as the election of 2014 was over, our Sheriff requested the money needed to hire 14 new detention center employees (almost $1 million in salaries and benefits) from the Moore County Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners initially gave the Sheriff a budget increase of $500,000, which the Sheriff used to hire seven more detention center employees. Still, the Sheriff's detention center flunked the State inspection. Now the commissioners have given the Sheriff yet another $500,000 of your hard-earned tax money to hire seven more employees. It remains to be seen if he can pass a State of North Carolina inspection.

Today, the detention center is a reality. The ship has sailed, so to speak, but it speaks volumes about the Sheriff's poor judgment, and poor stewardship of the taxpayer's money. When the taxpayers looked to the Sheriff to decide what was needed in a new detention center, and offered up a blank check, the Sheriff's true selfishness and extravagance emerged.

Let's take a look at all the waste the Sheriff put in this detention center. First, there is the Sheriff's office space itself. Imagine looking at a football field. As I previously stated, the Sheriff had 7000 ft.² of office space in the basement of the current courthouse for 76 deputies. That would be an area from the end of the end zone out to the 25 yard line. The Sheriff and his 76 deputies now have an office space of 35,000 ft.². That's the size of the whole football field including both ends zones. He was asked to share some of this massive square footage with the District Attorney's Office in order to save the taxpayers some money. He refused that idea, so new space, outside the detention center, had to be renovated for the District Attorney's needs at an additional cost to the taxpayer.

Of course our Sheriff could not use any pre-existing furniture in the new detention center. Our government bureaucrat would have none of that. That is why our Sheriff spent tens of thousands of dollars of hard-earned taxpayers money furnishing his new 35,000 ft.² office space with new furniture.

A ridiculous size office is just the start of the extravagance our Sheriff designed into the detention center. He also designed probably the largest magistrates office in the state of North Carolina. For two magistrates, he put in 5000 ft.² of office space. Do you realize how big that is for two people? That is the size of two large homes in Pinehurst. He also put in a private gymnasium. Although the concept is good, the reality of a private gym is just more poor judgment on the part of our Sheriff. Many sheriff and police facilities across the state have a private gymnasium, but most of them sit empty the majority of the time. Less than 5% of law enforcement employees do a state certified workout each week. It would have been much better judgment to offer employees of the Sheriff's Department, memberships to private gyms in the area, provided they would meet state standards of the certified workout. This would put deputies in the community during their workout time, interacting and building the community to them.

One of the most ridiculous things that you will find in the detention center are 2 brand new courtrooms. This turned out to be a complete waste of space and taxpayer money. As our Sheriff found out, judges do not come to the jail to hold court, prisoners come to the courthouse to face the judge. A simple review of the plans by a judge, prior to construction, would have caught this costly mistake, but once again our Sheriff failed to use good judgment when designing this facility.

This detention center is just another example of one poor judgment decision after another on the part of our Sheriff. Keep in mind, our Constitution guarantees us the fact that we are presumed innocent until proven guilty, yet prisoners who are charged with a felony are kept on lockdown 23 hours of every day. Despite constitutional guarantees, our Sheriff extorts prisoners every chance he gets by using the position that prisoners are in to extract as much money from them, and their families as he possibly can. Unfortunately, those that are in a position to be the most financially stressed, are the very individuals our Sheriff comes after the hardest for money. Face-to-face visitations are a thing of the past. The sheriff will not allow them for "security reasons." If a loved one wants to meet with an inmate, they have to book an appointment online at a cost of $25 for a 10 minute electronic video visitation. Remember, if a family could afforded to bail their loved one out, they would have done so. The family members that come to visit inmates, are the least financially able to afford the electronic video visit. Charging the public for video visitation cuts down on the number of visits, as well as the morale of the inmate (remember they are presumed innocent). Low morale leads to hostilities and fights among the inmates, which leads to higher medical costs and repairs to the facility. I would argue that charging for video visitations loses money for the county and makes the detention center a much more dangerous place for inmates and staff. This is just the beginning of the extortion practices of our Sheriff.

In the detention center, our Sheriff expressed more poor judgment by having a convenience store built within the jailhouse area of the facility. Federal statutes require that each prisoner be given one commissary item per day. Our Sheriff took that mandate and used it to justify the existence of the Commissary. He said "I think the prisoners ought to pay for their own commissary items instead of the taxpayer." This is the thinking of a shallow thinking manager. Despite his intentions, the existence of the Commissary breeds illegal activities, gang formations, increases the danger to staff, and ultimately cost the taxpayer much more money than it brings in. It would have been much wiser, safer, and cheaper to just provide each prisoner with one commissary item at dinner, for consumption with their dinner. Any unconsumed items would be retrieved after the dinner.

Here is the main reason why the Commissary is such a poor judgment call. Let's suppose a new prisoner, we'll call him Bob, is booked into the detention center. Before Bob can buy anything from the Commissary, he must first get his family to put money on the "books." Bob's family will have to make a trip to the detention center and leave cash money on the Commissary books so that Bob can purchase items from the Commissary. Now Bob can go to the Commissary and buy junk food like sodas, potato chips, cookies, and pastries. This junk food becomes the "jailhouse cash." Bob can now use his "jailhouse cash" to purchase other services found in your typical detention center, like jailhouse tattoos, sports betting, and even sexual favors. But the first time Bob uses the commissary, he will be followed back to his jail cell by one or two individuals who are bigger and tougher than Bob. They will inform Bob that his commissary items now belong to them. At that moment, Bob will have a decision to make. Bob will have to decide whether to just surrender the commissary items (which you just cannot do in jail) or try to get the first swing in before he receives a bad beating and then has all his commissary items stolen. Bob will choose the latter. The only question after that is whether or not Bob ends up in the hospital at the taxpayers' expense. At that point, Bob will have to make another decision, whether to do without commissary items, or join a gang for protection. Again, Bob will choose the latter, and will now have to get his family to add money to his commissary books in order to pay for the protection of the gang.

The Sheriff also extorts money from the prisoners with the TV lounge. When the detention center first opened, prisoners could go to the TV lounge and watch TV. Then the Sheriff, along with the company operating the Commissary, figured a way to extort even more money from the prisoners desire to use the TV lounge. They decided to cut the TV sound off and require prisoners to buy receivers in order to hear the TV sound. In addition to that, prisoners would have to buy batteries to run their receivers and only short lasting batteries would be offered at exorbitant prices. All this practice does is demoralize the prisoners further, and literally takes food off the table of those prisoners families who can least afford it. It also further intensifies the tension within the jail, making it less safe for staff and inmates.

The good old boys network style of management is heavily entrenched in the Sheriff's Department, and that includes the detention center. The good old boys networks never works except for the good old boys. The rest of the staff are given dead-end jobs, with no hope for advancement or a career. This leads to a high turnover rate within the Sheriff's Department. The detention center is no exception. The turnover rate is extremely high because of poor policy procedures and a lack of leadership on the part of our Sheriff. The policy within the detention center calls for the staff to rotate from position to position over the course of a shift. This is to keep boredom to a minimum, and safety at a maximum, plus it keeps everyone's skill levels at all positions at a peak. However, the good old boys network keeps the good old boys doing all the more desirable jobs and not rotating as policy dictates.

The Sheriff's hiring policies shows obvious signs of discrimination at the detention center. There are currently 62 detention center employees, of which only five are minorities. The jail population ranges between 50% and 80% minorities. These hiring practices are just more evidence of the Sheriffs poor judgment. This is an obvious sign that somewhere within the Sheriffs organization, the tail is wagging the dog.

Chapter 3: A Real Solution to the Drug Problem...Our Own Crime Lab

The root cause of 90% of all crime in America is drugs. No one in law enforcement disputes that number. Whether it's murder, robbery, or assult, 90% of the time the motivating factor behind the crime is for the sole purpose of obtaining illegal drugs. Americans are so fixated on their next high, we've lost all perspective as to how bad the problem is. Our Sheriff does not have a clue how bad the problem is, or how to fix it. There is not one single statistic available to the public to even tell us how bad the drug problem is in Moore County. The taxpayers have spent over $200 million with our current Sheriff who cannot produce one statistic to measure the success or failure of his drug policy. Let's take a look at exactly how the Sheriff handles drug crimes and why his policies fail, followed by my solutions and why my policies will succeed.

Let's suppose John Doe is arrested for drug trafficking. Under our current Sheriff's policy here is what will happen. John Doe will be taken to the detention center and stand before a magistrate, and a bail amount will be established. One of two things will happen. Either John Doe will be bailed out, and he is back in business for the next three years, or he will sit in a jail cell for the next three years, at a cost of $300,000 to the Moore County taxpayer, waiting for his trial date which will never take place. While John Doe is waiting for his trial date to arrive, the evidence will be sent to the Raleigh SBI crime lab, where due to an excessive backlog, the evidence will sit on the shelf for two years waiting to be analyzed. Once analyzed, a report will be sent back to the county confirming that illegal drugs were present. Then it will take at least one more year before the trial can begin because the technician who tested the drugs schedule has to work in with the district attorney schedule, defense schedule, and the court's schedule. By the time all those schedules merge another year has passed... but even then, the trial will probably never take place. By the date of the trial, there is a high probability the arresting deputy will not even be working at the Sheriff's Department due to low morale, low pay, and the good old boys management style, that chases good employees away. Another reason the trial will probably never take place is because witnesses needed for the trial, will have moved or disappeared since no tracking system is established to keep them engaged. At that point, the district attorney has no choice but to strike a plea bargain deal, because the case has literally fallen apart. 97% of all drug cases end in a plea bargain deal because of the pathetic way the sheriff department handles drug cases.

Drug busts are almost pointless when the outcome is a plea bargain 97% of the time. Defendants, as well as defense attorneys know the outcome of a drug bust before it even starts. Dealers and traffickers just look at getting caught as a part of doing business. They just sit back and wait for the plea bargain to arrive. But what if there was a way to turn all this around, and save the taxpayers millions of dollars at the same time? What if there was a way to get evidence back in two days, and get to trial within three months ,and get a 97% conviction rate, and start sending the dealers and traffickers who are poisoning our kids, family, friends, coworkers, and society with their poison to prison, and get society the justice they deserve and have paid for?



Chapter 4: Our Own Crime Lab

Well, there is a way and this is exactly how I will accomplish it. The first thing we must do is install our own CRIME LAB. Space already exists in the detention center for a crime lab. Instead of bearing the cost of establishing the lab from scratch, at a price tag of $1 million, it would make much more economic sense to provide this space to a subcontractor. Cumberland County recently did exactly this at an annual cost of $288,000. If we could speed up the trial of one single incarcerated prisoner by 2.8 years (remember, it currently takes three years to get a drug dealer to trial), the saved incarceration fees will more than pay the annual cost of running the crime lab. The annual cost can also be reduced even more by sharing it with one or two more counties, and government grants. It could also be used as a teaching lab in conjunction with Sandhills Community College, which could further reduce operating costs .This is such a no-brainer that there should be a neon sign on the sheriff's wall that says "it's the crime lab Sheriff!" We could then pass the savings on to the deputies and the detention center employees in the form of merit raises. I want our staff to be the best paid in their field in our state. This will help boost morale, increase productivity, but above all, help retain good help. When an opening does occur, better candidates will be applying for the job. Right now we're just a training ground for surrounding counties who snatch our employees away once we've trained them on your nickel.