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11 Meth Arrests In Hollister Last Week

Published On: Feb 01 2014 08:37:52 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 02 2014 12:51:10 AM CST

Is There a Meth Problem in Hollister?


There are five people in cuffs after two separate methamphetamine drug busts in Hollister in a 24-hour span, making it the third this past week.

"It's not just the little dime bag here and there anymore, we're seeing bigger quantities," said Hollister police officer Christopher Wells.

All told, Hollister police have racked up 11 arrests in one week, with two suspects getting arrested twice in the span of six days for meth.

"If we're seeing this amount, the amounts that's on the streets must be huge," Wells said. "It's very concerning for me not only as a police officer but as a community member, as a father."

Wells said people are cashing in on meth in Hollister.

"Every kid in the community enters my mind because these people, they don't care who they sell to," Wells said.

Police said methamphetamine is so widespread it can literally be found anywhere at any time.

"We're seeing kids bringing meth to the middle schools," Wells said.

The meth problem isn't just a Hollister issue. Police said it's a powerful drug that's sweeping the nation.

In October, Central Coast News spoke with former Santa Cruz meth addict Rachael Ellis, who knows just how powerful it is.

"One is too many and a thousand is never enough and it's so true, because once you take that one hit, it's already too much," Ellis said.

Hollister police recently hired four new officers in hopes to battle the crystal conundrum with more vigilance.