Elmore Co. gets drug fighting grant

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -  Elmore County officials will soon see a quarter million dollars come their way as part of a grant to help in the fight against drugs.

Gov. Bob Riley's office awarded the grant, which totaled $276,558, to support the efforts of a drug task force working to reduce illegal drugs and violent crime in the county.

The task force combines resources and personnel from the Elmore County Sheriff's Office, the Wetumpka Police Department, the Poarch Creek Tribal Police, the District Attorney's office and the towns of Coosada, Deatsville and Elmore.

"Illegal drugs are a destructive force that damage lives and communities," said Riley. "I commend the drug task force staff for working to remove drugs and drug offenders from our neighborhoods."

The unit investigates, arrests and prosecutes offenders, dismantles methamphetamine labs and works with neighboring counties, state and federal agencies involved in drug investigations.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Riley notified Earl Reeves, chairman of the Elmore County Commission, that the grant had been approved. The County Commission is the fiscal agent for the grant.