can I do about Narcotics in My Neighborhood?
is no surprise the drugs have been a serious problem
for communities across America, and Benson is no
exception. Fortunately, there is a lot that can
be done to combat the use and sales of illegal narcotics.
asked questions to law enforcement concerning this
How To Report Narcotics Activity?
• Are There Any Rewards Offered For Reporting
• Can I Report Drug Activity Anonymously?
• What Information Should I Obtain Before Calling
to Report Narcotics Activity
There are several ways to report narcotics activity
in your neighborhood. The police department channels
these complaints to the CEE VI Drug Task Force as
well as Patrol Officers for enforcement action. The
following numbers may be used to report narcotics
that have information about suspected illegal drug
activity are encouraged to call the Police Department
at (320) 843-4790 and ask for the Narcotics Liaison
2. If a Citizen wishes to speak with an Investigator,
they should contact the Task Force at (320) 214-6700
ext 3314, during normal business hours Monday through
• Are there any Rewards Offered
for Reporting Narcotics Activity?
Generally, rewards are not offered for reporting narcotics
I report Drug Activity Anonymously?
Narcotics activity may be reported anonymously. However,
it is generally preferred by Drug Task Force personnel
that the identity of the complainant be obtained.
This will assist officers if arrests are made and
testimony in court is required. If a citizen requests
anonymity for fear of retaliation or any other reason,
officers will conduct their investigation without
the identity of the complainant.
citizen who has a friend or relative that they suspect
to be selling narcotics may contact a Drug Task Force
Agent telephonically and advise them of their situation.
It is not necessary for the investigating officer
to know the identity of the complainant. If the identity
of the complainant is divulged to the investigating
officer, that information will not be revealed to
the suspected narcotics dealer if it is the request
of the complainant. It is not necessary in every case
that the complainant be revealed for agents to generate
a case against a suspected narcotics dealer.
Specific Information Should I obtain before Calling
Several questions will be asked for the complainant
to assist the investigators in resolving the narcotics
complaint. The information below will give you an
idea of what questions may be asked of you. This information
will assist us in conducting a successful investigation.
The location where the illegal narcotics activity
• Whether it is occurring in a house, apartment
• A complete description of the location.
• The approximate time it is occurring.
• A description of the dealer or dealers.
• The type of narcotics you suspect are being
dealt or used (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine,
• Where the drugs are being hidden if the suspected
dealer is selling them on the street (if known).
• Whether the suspect or suspects have ever
been seen with a weapon and what type (if known).
• Whether or not there are lookouts to warn
the dealer(s) of the approach or presence of police
• A description of the dealer's vehicle if one
is being used. License plate number (if known).
the complainant will not know some of this information.
However, gathering as much of the information as listed
will be beneficial to the investigator assigned to
for a Drug-Free America