MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WHNT) – Governor Kay Ivey’s office has announced $ 1.6 million in funding to fight illegal drugs and drug-related crime in Alabama.
In Wednesday’s announcement, it was reiterated that public safety is a top priority for the Ivey administration.
$ 202,557 has been awarded to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the state’s seven regional drug task forces. These funds will be used to continue the battle against the sellers, manufacturers and users of drugs across the state.
The working groups are led by the ALEA, formed in 2018, and are made up of law enforcement officials from their region.
Each region is made up of eight to 12 counties, although members of the task force have law enforcement powers in each jurisdiction.
In 2021, there were nearly 800 arrests and large amounts of illegal drugs were seized, including 2.3 million grams of marijuana, 508,483 grams of methamphetamine and 66,664 grams of cocaine. Several firearms and a large sum of drug-related money were also seized during the investigations.
The funds will be used to cover overtime, operating and equipment expenses. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers grants from funds from the US Department of Justice.
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