Bethel village facility resident charged with drug possession.


SPRINGFIELD — A resident of the Panama City Rescue Mission’s Bethel Village treatment program in Springfield was arrested July 1 and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Assistant Police Chief Barry Roberts said XXXXXXXXX, allegedly retrieved GBH stashed by her boyfriend at the facility on Transmitter Road, ingested some and shared it with another resident.

Roberts said he anticipates XXXXXXXX, who was hospitalized as a result of ingesting the drugs, will face additional charges related to the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

This is the first time an arrest of this nature has occurred at Bethel Village. First time that it has happened that the general public is aware of. As quoted in this article, rescue mission management does not involve police intervention when issues arise.

The Rev. Billy Fox, executive director of the Rescue Mission, said the arrest is “just evidence we aren’t without trouble,”  Boy, that is the understatement of the century but when it happens, “we catch it and deal with it swiftly.” So as to not allow the public to be aware of the extent of the problems that the facility has which will be compounded multifold if the facility is expanded to the size that mission management is proposing.

He declined to comment specifically on this instance, but said Bethel Village has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. “That’s an immediate dismissal,” he said.

Fox said under normal circumstances, the first response would be to make sure evidence is conclusive, and if it is, it generally would be handled without police involvement. No police involvement means the public never knows the incidents happen. How many and how long has this facility  “handled” illegal behavior hidden behind the walls of a “private facility”?

In this case, because the drugs were delivered, she was hospitalized and because she is accused of sharing it with another resident, police were involved, Fox said.

GHB has been called a date rape drug because it can render the victim incapable of resisting, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, but it is also a club drug.

If this facility is ever allowed to expand, the community will only see more of the same as described in this article.

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  1. Duane

     /  January 21, 2013

    those programs only work for some people, most will get out and repeat their past lives that got them there in the first place


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