Lawrence gets grant for drug task force
MOULTON — The Lawrence County Commission was awarded a $61,000 state grant for the county Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Gov. Bob Riley announced Wednesday.
The task force will use the funds to investigate and prosecute cases involving the manufacture, sale and use of illegal drugs including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a press release from Riley's office.
The unit plans to use a portion of the grant to hire an additional investigator, which task force officials say will allow it to investigate more cases.
Task force agents from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the district attorney's office, and police departments in Moulton, North Courtland and Town Creek fight drug-related crime by using informants, undercover drug purchases and other intelligence-gathering techniques.
Riley awarded the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant.
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