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CNT Agents on the hunt for online drug dealers

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Gene Harley Gene Harley

People live a lot of their lives online, so it's no surprise some are buying, and selling, their drugs online.

WTOC reported on one case Thursday, when a Savannah woman was arrested for trying to sell the prescription drug Klonopin on Craigslist.

It turns out, it happens more often than you might think.

This kind of wide open, blatant drug peddling does make the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team scratch their heads a little, but it's happening so often lately it's really the level of drugs they are seeing being posted on Craigslist and sold on Facebook which may be more disturbing than shocking.

Drug agents say Jessica Cope got the wrong online customer early this week.

"Her ad simply said Klonopins for sale," Gene Harley, Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, told WTOC.

Harley says Cope posted the ad on Craigslist and tried to sell 50 Klonopin pills, a prescription drug and controlled substance, for $50. $1 per pill.

Instead of 50 bucks, she's facing five to 30 years in prison.

"It's almost sad to say, wow, who would put a posting on any type of social network sites to post the fact, hey I got drugs. Contact me," Harley said.

Harley knows the answer. CNT has seen it over and over, from hints to blatant exclamations of drugs for sale. Prescriptions pain killers and anti-depressants to narcotics and methamphetamine.

"I think as technology grows, I think some people just go with it without thinking what they are getting into," he said.

"With that growing technology, like smart phones and i-Phones comes the days of discretion seemingly going away. One WTOC viewer shared with us a Craigslist ad which may be the blatant example of what Harley is talking about. It reads, "Crack all around. Hit me up for all your crack needs." Along with a phone number.

WTOC showed Harley.

"It says crack for sale. Well, by the time we saw it, it  had been flagged. So it may have meant someone had it reported or it was a joke to begin with," he said.

Sometimes, the drug dealers do even more of drug agents' work for them.

"We've had someone contact us directly, build a trusting relationship with us, then try to sell us drugs," Harley said.

Right after the Klonopin story aired Thursday, WTOC received an e-mail from a woman who said she saw someone selling marihuana on Craiglsist.

Harley says in all cases, they investigate and if you think someone is selling a controlled substance online, let them know. They do their best to seize the drugs and arrest the person. 

To report suspicious drug activity, citizens can call the CNT Drug Hotline at 912.232.0402 or Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020.  These numbers provide an anonymous 24 hour service and does not require the caller to leave any contact information.  You can also call the Counter Narcotics Team at 912.652.3900 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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