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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Steuben County DA proposes new drug enforcement measures

  • Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker proposed a series of new measures Monday aimed at helping law enforcement deal with the growing problem of methamphetamine and bath salts in the area.
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  • BATH | Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker proposed a series of new measures Monday aimed at helping law enforcement deal with the growing problem of methamphetamine and bath salts in the area.
    Baker coordinates the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative, under which the county’s law enforcement agencies - including the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, New York York State Police, Corning Police Department, Bath Police Department and Hornell Police Department - work cooperatively to fight drug trafficking.
    On behalf of the Drug Initiative, Baker and Undersheriff Jim Allard proposed the new measures - designed to “meet the new challenges wrought by local growth of methamphetamine and bath salts trafficking,” according to Baker - to the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee on Monday.
    Baker is asking for a part-time investigator to be added to the District Attorney’s Office “to coordinate the efforts of the law enforcement partners and ensure that information provided by the public is turned into active enforcement efforts.”
    He also wants Sheriff David Cole to be able to deputize members of the law enforcement agencies that form the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative to allow them to function countywide.
    Baker also called for a slate of new local laws that would:
    • Allow proceeds from misdemeanor drug offenses to be seized by authorities.
    • Crack down on the hosting of underage drinking/drug parties.
    • Allow local enforcement of federal pseudoephedrine control laws. Pseudoephedrine is a primary ingredient of meth.
    • Require secondhand dealer registration to combat drug-related property crimes.
    The measures proposed Monday will be reviewed at the committee level, and public hearings will be held before the Steuben County Legislature votes on them.
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