“We’re seeing drugs here we’ve never seen before,” said Sheriff David Jalufka. “We always worked cocaine and marijuana (cases). Now we’ve got ice, we’ve got meth, we’ve got heroin. We’ve never seen this, but we’ve also got a lot of truck drivers.”
Jalufka said deputies are finding drivers in possession of large quantities of various drugs during traffic stops.
“When you see an increase in population and traffic like Karnes County has had, it is normal to see an increase in criminal activity,” said Sheriff’s Department Investigator Kevin Ficke
Jalufka said he welcomes the population growth since it has done wonders for the local economy. He just wants residents to be aware of the new danger that looms.
“Don’t become a victim,” Jalufka said. “Be like if you go to a big city. Look at your surroundings... pay attention. We’re not the small county that we were a year ago.”
Jalufka also said that several individuals who were arrested for drug offenses during his early years in office are now being released from prison.
“It’s harder to catch offenders a second time. They know you are watching and they become more careful in how they conduct their business.”