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Enforcement priorities should be changed 

San Miguel

I am wryly amused with the stupidity of those law-enforcement officials who planned the big drug bust and undercover operation at the Pozo Saloon (“What happened in Pozo,” July 8). What a grand waste of taxpayer money and valuable police resources, in short, what a joke: It is truly pathetic.

I am not amused with the crime statistics in the north county. I am not amused when I am told there are only four sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the whole north county in the wee small hours of the morning, because there is nothing in the budget for more deputies.

Those wee small hours provide the cover necessary for burglaries, when autos are broken into on a regular basis in San Miguel. The citizens of San Miguel are upset and angry; we would like to see some arrests of real criminals—not a few pot-smoking concertgoers who harm no one.

What kind of budget allows for 50 law-enforcement officers to go begging for less than an ounce of marijuana in total at a music concert on a sunny afternoon? But allows for only four deputies to patrol the whole north county in the wee small hours?

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