He hopes the strong focus on indicting more and more drug criminals will send a message.
"Sooner or later you are going to get caught," he said. "And you will be held accountable for what you do to others."
Plants said with a few months he might be able to gauge whether taking 67 drug violators off the street had any effect.
"We indict drug offenders all the time," he said. "But is it better to attack it all at once or in a steady stream? Ideally there will be less drug arrests; it will be harder for abusers to get drugs and fewer dealers on the street.
"And those arrested will get in a good treatment program," he said.
Plants is also working with the Kanawha County Substance Abuse Task Force, which recently adopted 13 recommendations to combat drug abuse.
Plants presented two of those recommendations.
"We want three misdemeanor drug crimes to make a person eligible for drug court," Plants said. "And a three strikes law making it a felony to commit three drug-related and/or violent crimes."
Those initiatives will be presented to lawmakers next year.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.