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From the Desk of the Tall Cop - January 2024

Written by: The Tall Cop

As we dive into 2024 there is something already clear, the over-the-counter drug market has plenty of “legal” items they are promoting. Let’s start the conversation with vapes.  During recent scans in states in the Southwest and on the West Coast, I have noticed the number of hits in vapes being sold. Most commonly, the 7,000-10,000 range. This is not new to the market, but the prices of these products have reduced or held steady. As the amount of “hits” goes up so should the pricing, however, that is not the case. Meanwhile, the amount in the 10,000 - 15,000 range (yes, I said 15k hits) vapes available has increased. To put this in context, just before the pandemic a commonly purchased vape product or pod was around 200-300 hits.  Now, you are lucky if you find anything that low. Most are well into the thousands which gives more insight into what schools are now dealing with. 


Written by: The Tall Cop, Officer Jermaine Galloway

March 14, 2022

In this month’s tall cop opinion piece, I wanted to provide a quick snap shot of what I am seeing during environmental scans in retails stores.

You may be asking, “What is the deal with Inhalers and why are some so popular?”  As we head into the warmer weather, some of you may be seeing more inhalers, whether it be in youth bedrooms, in the classroom, or on a traffic stop. In all actuality, inhalers have been popular for quite a few years and are items that can be purchased for low price points, or simply stolen.  

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