Wichita County Sheriff David Duke was sworn into office yesterday in the 30th District Courtroom of the County Courthouse in Wichita Falls, Texas after winning re-election in November.
This election was a lot easier for Sheriff Duke to win as he had no opposition this time.
He won his first election four years ago in a hotly-contested race. Duke (R-Wichita Falls, Texas) has greatly expanded the role of the Sheriff's office during his first term in office.
Symbolic of the increased role of the sheriff's office under Duke's leadership was the fact all of his deputies were also sworn in on the same day he was in the same 30th District Court, presided over by Judge Bob Brotherton.
On this day, the 30th District Court was probably the safest place in all of Wichita Falls for law-abiding citizens as Duke's deputies packed the room.
Duke has said at several University Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls meetings that it was his intent to expand the role of his office.
Instead of focusing on only crimes committed outside the Wichita Falls city limits, deputies have also taken an active role in fighting crime inside Wichita Falls.
As an example of this, deputies have participated in the arrest of drug suspects the past two days in Wichita Falls, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies arrested two men Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. after a traffic stop on Kell East at Allendale Road. The probable cause for the stop was the driver of the vehicle was speeding and an occupant was not wearing a seatbelt.
Two men were arrested from the car after deputies discovered more than 32 pounds of marijuana inside a door panel of their vehicle. Both individuals in the car were booked into the Wichita County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 pounds, a third degree felony, according to an article in today's Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper.
Bonds of 100,000 were set on each of the men from Denver, Colo., who remained in the Wichita County Jail.
Then on Thursday morning, deputies also executed a search warrant in an apartment inside the city limits of Wichita Falls. During this search they seized cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Sheriff Duke deserves a salute for the excellent job he has done in leading his office's fight against crime in Wichita Falls the past four years. He and his deputies have become a real presence inside the city limits as well as in the other areas of the county.
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