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Town's Drug Problem Straddles Two States

GUTHRIE, Ky.- The police chief of a small town in Kentucky said his town's drug problem is also Tennessee's problem.

Guthrie, Ky. sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

Guthrie police said they watch people buy and sell drugs, but they can't do anything about it.

The town is like many other small towns.

It has two sides of the tracks. North Guthrie is in Kentucky and South Guthrie is in Tennessee where Guthrie Police Chief Keith Dwyer said the sale of illegal drugs is out of control.

He said cocaine is the main drug of choice.

But he said he and his officers can do nothing about it.

During a drive through the community, he pointed out the state boundaries and suspected drug dealers on the Tennessee side of Guthrie.

"They start to walk away as soon as they see the police cruisers," said Dwyer said. "They do fear the police, but they don't see that much police activity on this side.

The Tennessee side of Guthrie is in Montgomery County.

"I've called several folks down there, and usually they're pretty receptive of our ideas. It's just mainly they don't have the manpower to come up here," Dwyer said.

Dwyer does not want anyone to get the impression the Kentucky side of Guthrie is drug free.

He said drugs are sold there too, but he can make an arrest.  In Tennessee, his hands are tied.

"They have no qualms about selling drugs in front of us because they look at the state line as their protector," he said.

Dwyer said his plan is to make more phone calls to Montgomery County and maybe ask the county's drug task force to get involved.

"It's been an ongoing problem for years, and that was one of my promises when I took over as chief that I'm going to do something about it if I can," Dwyer said. "I'm going to try and make it happen."

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