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New Prosecutor Says Number One Concern is Meth


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County’s new prosecutor Ralph Kimble, who took office in January, says the number one issue on his list of concerns current and going forward is methamphetamine.

That was his message last night at a meeting of the Branch County Township Supervisor’s Association. Kimble said the public may be hearing less about the meth problem in the county and in part that’s because layoffs at the Sheriff’s Department have basically ended their being able to monitor and trace the sale of over the counter pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient in the production of meth. Kimble believes in the long run, that limiting the battle against the meth epidemic will eventually prove very costly in human terms predicting a backlash with more child abuse cases in coming months. He said he hopes he’s wrong but he’s afraid that’s what’s going to happen.

Kimble suggested that there may be a sentiment that what’s it matter, the meth cookers are not hurting anyone but themselves. However, according to Kimble, that’s simply not true because meth is so destructive, it tears apart families and when most of the children involved are checked out, they are testing positive for methamphetamine.