COVINGTON, Ky. - Nearly two months after drug raids in Covington led to dozens of arrests, residents are pleased with the results.
But while many of the dealers and distributors are off the streets, the consequences of rampant drug use remain in the Northern Kentucky community.
9 On Your Side's Natasha Williams spoke with a mother whose life was turned upside down by drugs.
Jenni Woodruff says her 30-year-old daughter suffered from a drug addiction that ultimately took her life.
"She was living here at home with us but we were having to watch her like a child," Woodruff said about her daughter whose first name she chose not use.
Even though the smart, fun-loving woman lived in a beautiful home with supportive parents, she was a prisoner and victim of the heroin that held her captive, Woodruff said.
Woodruff says seeing other people's children battle their own addiction issues causes her to relive what she went through with her daughter.
"On a daily basis I have seen drug deals go down in front of my house," she said.
She said drug use in the community is a concern and not just to the users, but all those who come in contact with them.
It was that reality that caused local law enforcement agencies to say enough was enough.
In late May, Covington police conducted a series of drug raids designed to clean up local neighborhoods and communities around Northern Kentucky.
Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said his department issued 45 warrants that have resulted in 33 arrests so far.
"A lot of residents have commented their streets are a lot quieter in their neighborhood," he said. "You see lots more kids playing in the neighborhood than I saw before, always a positive."
While he's happy with the results so far, Jones said this is just the beginning.
Woodruff agrees while the efforts by Northern Kentucky police have been impressive, more needs to be done. Not only does she support police making efforts to stop the spread of drug use in the community, but thinks seeing officers actively in the streets is good for Covington.
"I fully support what Covington police and other agencies are trying to get a handle on," Woodruff said.
Woodruff isn't putting it all on law enforcement officials though. She also thinks members of community need to take a stand.
"It is not just up to (police). It's going to take everyone else getting on board," Woodruff said.
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