The Imperial Valley has a new crime fighting force and it's already making a difference on the streets in communities throughout the Valley. The team is called the Street Interdiction Team and its goal is to stop the trafficking of drugs at the street level.
We would like to credit those whose hard work and foresight led to the creation of the interdiction team. Calexico Police Chief Tommy Tunson had the initial idea to seek the federal funding that would pay for the team. He was joined by El Centro Police Chief Raymond Loera and Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham in authoring the grant proposal.
Ultimately all local police chiefs and the county sheriff deserve credit for supporting the effort to bring such an anti-drug unit to the Valley.
As Tunson pointed out, this is the first time the Imperial Valley has had such a specialized unit — one that will not do prolonged narcotic investigations but will attempt to stamp out drugs one small street bust at a time.