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Binghamton K-9 Units to Conduct Drug Sweeps at Bus Station

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In an effort to keep drugs from entering the city, Binghamton K-9 units will begin conducting regular drug sweeps at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center.

The sweeps will be held at random times inside and outside of the facility. According to Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski, officers will work within the restrictions of the Constitutional Law and not randomly stop people.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David says following the raids of a dozen Broome County locations earlier this month, this is an important effort in stopping drug trafficking in one of its major sources.

"We are sending a crystal clear message that criminal activity will not be tolerated and is not welcome in our community,” said Mayor David.

“These K-9 dogs, patrolling the bus station, will make those bringing in drugs think twice before trying to bus in their product,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.

Preston says this is one part in fighting the epidemic. She says approaches including an increase in treatment beds are also vital to the war on drugs.