Thank God Liberty County is a rural county full of self reliant, second amendment, look-you-in-the-eye, patriots because in the absence of a leader in the sheriff’s office, landowners and next door neighbors are proving to be the best warriors against drugs Liberty County has.
A few weeks ago, a local blogger complained about the truthfulness of press releases coming out of Henry Patterson’s office. But it is time to just ignore what Sheriff Patterson’s re-election machine may or may not do with drug busts and start patrolling our communities and turning crop growers into the rest of the hard working men and women down at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and help stamp this cancer in our community out. Between now and Election Day it is obvious Patterson is going to try and appear to have finally hit his stride. People that don’t know what a do-nothing he has been the rest of the time he has been in office might be fooled, but hopefully his efforts to appear to be some great crime fighter while he hides behind his spokespeople will be seen for what it is- a joke.
It could have been de ja vu. Saturday around noon, the owner of a property on CR 2134 in the Romayor area of north Liberty County called law enforcement and told them it looked like they had found a marijuana growing operation in its early stages.
Liberty Dispatch had hoped the Sheriff’s campaign team wouldn’t run out from the heavily wooded area where the operation was discovered and start trying to roll up enough stories to change his image as some great warrior against drugs - although, that is exactly what they did just a few months ago when another private citizen led the LCSO to much larger fields of marijuana.
Perhaps, Patterson, his spokesman Rex Evans, and his campaign team has learned that private citizens deserve the kudos given in cases like these, not law enforcement. Last time Patterson and his re-election gurus immediately took credit for the largest drug busts in county history. Then when it was pointed out no arrests were made during their entire chest beating celebratory rhetoric, Patterson and company turned full circle and said that the Sheriff was just a small part of a larger operation that included the feds, etc. And then, as we have cataloged, Patterson turned full circle again when eventually someone was arrested and again Patterson was declared a conquering hero – nothing much was ever made of the citizen who was responsible for 99% of the case.
So here we go again. Locks on the gates leading to the property had been cut and placed in such a way as to make the gates appear secure to any passerby, but private citizens saw they were cut and decided it was suspicious enough to warrant them looking into the woods further. They found a seed-starter tray holding approximately 100 tiny budding marijuana plants. None of the plants appeared to have been planted in the ground. Scattered around the site were bags of fertilizer, rapid-grow chemicals, clothing, shoes, camping supplies and personal items.
Thus far, none of the items so far have led law enforcement to the identity of the marijuana grower. Liberty Dispatch has a pro law enforcement, conservative point of view and applauds all efforts by those who follow-up on this crime scene and try to arrest those who would sacrifice the health and well being of this nation by selling harmful drugs so they can very selfishly make a profit. But we also believe that a candidate for sheriff or anyone else, who steals “pats on the back” and public kudos from brave patriotic citizens who risk getting involved by reporting what they know, is just plain unacceptable. Not quite as bad, but still unacceptable – this sheriff needs to tell his spokespeople not to jump in front of the media and try and take credit for the follow-up work done on this case.
Here is a novel idea for Sheriff Patterson. Make sure the person who does the work gets the credit.