OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police and town leaders in Old Orchard Beach say their Special Enforcement Team is sending a clear message. The drug trade is not welcome in their community.
Today police announced 26 arrests made by the team. More than half of them were for drug related charges. Back in November police announced the team was responsible for more than 40 arrests.
The town's police chief says the time, information and surveillance needed to make these kinds of arrests is something he can't get from a uniformed officer in a patrol car.
He says the drug crackdown is part of the town's goal to be a safe place for families to live and tourists to visit.
"We in this community and hopefully I can speak for the town officials and myself, we don't feel like this is the type of thing we want in this community, we're not going to tolerate it and we're going to expend whatever resources necessary to deal with it as effectively as we can", said Police Chief Dana Kelley.
The chief says it costs between 50 and 60-thousand dollars in overtime to keep the team on the streets. He has support for that funding from the town manager and at least one town council member who joined him today.