Thu, April 02

Yavapai gets money to battle meth

Congressman Rick Renzi met with Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, County Attorney Sheila Polk and Supervisor Tom Thurman Friday to advise them of a $200,000 appropriation to be used for Law Enforcement's battle against methamphetamine manufacturing, distribution and use. The funds will be available early 2006 and will be administered by Sheriff Waugh.

Sheriff Waugh said soon after the first of the New Year he will meet with other law enforcement officials in Yavapai County. The cooperative agencies will determine the appropriate and best use for the money. He hopes it is the beginning of Congress' efforts to help fund additional resources in the fight against this most devastating of drugs.

The county attorney and presiding judge of the Yavapai Superior Court recently announced format of MATForce, the Methamphetamine Advisory Task Force, that proposes to put all components of society affected by the meth scourge in a single room to develop a coordinated approach to battling the drug.

Renzi has also appropriated monies to other rural counties in Arizona and commented on the lack of strings attached to these funds. Waugh said he understands this to mean that it is the job of professional law enforcement to determine the use of these funds, "they are the experts and, as such, know how best to attack the problems in their respective communities."

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