$127K grant to help fight county's illegal drug problem
by James Phillips
Dec 28, 2010 | 3317 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Commission was recently given a $127,000 grant for the county's Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The grant was a part of $1.86 million given out by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to combat illegal drugs and drug-related violent crime in Alabama.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said the grant is given annually by ADECA and is essential in funding the county's NET Unit.

"We are appreciative of any funding that we receive," Tirey said. "We have a major drug problem here in our county, and the guys in the NET Unit are working hard every day to fight that problem. Any funding we can get to help them do their job is a positive."

Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said ADECA funding is important, but commissioners are dedicated to funding the NET Unit with or without the agency's contribution.

"We are very appreciative of the funding from ADECA, but with the drug problem escalating, the Walker County Commission will fund NET to stay the course on fighting our current drug war with or without ADECA funding in the future," he said. "Our guys do an outstanding job. We want them to be equipped for their job."

The total $1.8 million given across the state will support a number of multi-jurisdictional drug and violent crime task forces and a criminal information clearinghouse.

The task forces conduct undercover operations to arrest and prosecute drug offenders, find and dismantle dangerous methamphetamine laboratories and assist with other violent crime investigations.

ADECA is administering the following grants with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice:

*$305,390 to the city of Anniston for the Calhoun/Cleburne County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

*$320,000 to the Talladega County Commission for the county Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

*$296,949 to the Shelby County Commission for the county Drug Enforcement Task Force.

*$285,000 to the DeKalb County Commission for the Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.

*$165,000 to the Pickens County Commission for the 24th Judicial Circuit Violent Crime Task Force. The circuit includes Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties.

*$140,184 to the Pike County Commission for the 12th Judicial Circuit Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The circuit includes Coffee and Pike counties.

*$128,832 to the Chambers County Commission for the county Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

*$85,000 to the Dale County Commission for the Southeast Alabama Violent Crimes/Narcotics Criminal Intelligence Program. The program collects and distributes criminal intelligence information on violent crimes, drug dealers and child predators for use by law enforcement officials in Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.

*$7,950 to the Randolph County Commission to purchase a drug-detecting canine for use by the area drug task force and other area law enforcement agencies.