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TYLER (KYTX) - Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith held a press conference Wednesday morning to discuss the upcoming wet dry election pros and cons for the city of Tyler.

Smith reported after speaking with 25 of the 28 cities in regards to the affects of going wet for their counties the past few years, none of them saw an increase in crime or litter within their communities. The other 3 cities, Celina, Princeton and Waco, did not return his call. Rockwall and Midlothian Police Departments reported a decline in crime statistics since allowing alcohol sales in their communities, Smith said.

Smith's study was based on a report CBS 19 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph ran in February concerning the impact of alcohol sales in Rusk, Winona, and Jacksonville.

Smith stated that the study he did is not to persuade voters one way or the other.

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