YORK, S.C. -- Last week more than a dozen street-level drug dealers were arrested for various crimes in York County, but today many of them are able to return to the streets because of low bond amounts given by the county magistrate.
The York police department started operation Fall Back on Friday in the Valley neighborhood of York. In all police nabbed 11 suspected drug dealers. The arrested came after months of investigations and extensive police work said Chief Robinson.
Over the weekend a couple more suspects were taken into custody by police, and by Monday afternoon a number of those arrested, including some repeat offenders, were able to walk the streets again.
"It’s very frustrating especially for the officers they're involved," said York Police Chief Andy Robinson. "The time and effort that goes into trying to round them all up—there (are) just hours and hour of paperwork.
"It’s not really fair to the tax payers and the citizens that have to put up with these people getting right back out on the street doing the same thing they were doing before we picked them up," added Robinson.
The problem, Chief Robinson said, is that even though magistrates have a scale on which they can set a person's bond, in the cases of the suspected Valley neighborhood drug dealers the bond amounts set were at the lower levels, said Robinson.
"I'm not trying to put it off on the judges, but they do need to consider all these factors,” Robinson said.