ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The new interim police chief says drugs are the number one issue on Atlantic Beach streets.
Chief Timothy Taylor with Atlantic Beach is ready to take the town in a whole new direction, but before that happens, he says he has to tackle one major problem in Atlantic Beach: drugs.
Chief Taylor had his first major run-in with the drug problem on Tuesday afternoon, when a routine traffic stop ended with a major discovery.
"At that time, we were patting him down, and there was a large amount of crack cocaine that fell out of his pants, along with a couple bags of heroin. And at that time we went to place the subject under arrest, and he decided he wanted to jump into the passenger side, jump back out the driver's side and take off on foot," Chief Taylor says.
That suspect is still on the run right now, but Chief Taylor says it's only a matter of time before he's behind bars. In total, they found 90 bags of heroin and 35 grams of crack cocaine. Chief Taylor says his area of expertise is putting people away for drugs and narcotics.
With a few operations already planned, he doesn't think it will take long for his reputation to be known.
"I think eventually they'll get the message that they've got a new chief in town, and he's going to force the law, and they're not going to want to come here and set up shop," Chief Taylor says.
Taylor explains before he got the job he drove around in his own car to identify the problem areas, and has identified one to be 31st Avenue South.
Chief Taylor wants the public to know his door is always open for them to come in and tell him anything confidentially.
"Eventually we're going to turn it around; we're going to do great things in Atlantic Beach. Taylor says.
Chief Taylor says he will be bringing in officers from their partnership with Andrews for special operations and stings in the near future to try and spread the word that drugs will not be tolerated on the streets of Atlantic Beach.