LETTER: Ric’s Smokeshop says thank you to Cherokee Police  

by Aug 26, 2015OPINIONS0 comments


I would like to say thank you to Ben Reed and the Cherokee Police Department for your fast and effective service and protection.

We opened Ric’s Smokeshop on Oct. 2, 2010 and we have had numerous attempts at break-ins at our shops.  Police response time has been less than three minutes.  It is great to know that our police department has the means and will to protect our businesses and assets.

One officer by the name of Binkie Reed has gone above and beyond the call of duty to solve two of our big cases.  Both have resulted in arrests, and we have been able to recover most of our assets.

During the July 4th week, the agents and police officers of Cherokee Police Department helped us arrest a person who was not only stealing money from our store, but was also conducting drug sales.

I wish I had the names of all officers involved, but you know who you are, and I thank you for taking a major drug dealer off the streets of Cherokee.

I know the job you do is a thankless job, but I want everyone to know I am very thankful and very proud of the Cherokee Police Department.  Keep up the good work.


With great thanks,

Richard D. Bird

President and CEO, Ric Youngbloods Smokeshop Inc.