Drugs and crime. It's is a growing issue in many communities across the east. Residents in Greenville had a chance Wednesday night to arm themselves with information about the problem at a meeting hosted by the Greenville Police Department and the Greenville Community Relations Committee
Greenville Police say drug money is the route of 90 percent of crimes in the city. That's the meeting focused on the prevention of both drugs and crime in the community.
Officer Bobby Parker says the event was a way to show people what he sees on the streets. "Anytime you have drugs it needs to be taken care of. I wouldn't say we've got a huge problem. But, we do have a problem that needs to be dealt with."
Greenville Police say last year, with the help of citizen tips, they made1,001 drug arrests...76 of those were felony drug charges.
Crimes in the city is the reason the Greenville Police and & the Community Relations Committee will hold a drug crime meeting Wednesday.
Organizers say drug use is the cause of 80 to 90 percent of crime in the city.
Tonight officers will meet with concerned residents at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints on Martinsborough Road in the Lynndale Neighborhood off Evans Street at 7 Wednesday evening.
There will be a K-9 drug search demonstration and information about how drugs contribute to crime.