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Gov. Ivey awards grants to support statewide efforts to fight drugs

Ivey awarded grants to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the state’s seven regional drug task forces.

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Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $1.6 million for a statewide effort to continue battling illegal drugs and drug-related crime in Alabama.

Gov. Ivey awarded grants of $200,000 each to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the state’s seven regional drug task forces. The task forces are made up of personnel from law enforcement agencies in each region. ALEA heads up the overall task force.

“Illegal drugs are menaces that destroy lives, ruin families and lead to rampant crime,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these law enforcement officers for working to get this scourge off our streets and make our communities and neighborhoods safer.”

The task forces were created in 2018, and each task force includes eight to 12 counties. Despite being regionalized, the task forces often work together to stop the sale and transportation of drugs and to arrest large suppliers of drugs.

In 2022, the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force worked with federal and state law enforcement officers and other partners to make 653 drug related arrests involving 1,121 drug-related cases. The task force seized nearly 715,000 grams of marijuana, 183,994 grams of methamphetamine, 46,000 grams of cocaine/crack and 38,734 grams of heroin. The task force seized more than $946,954 in currency related to drug crimes.

The grant funds will be used to cover overtime and operational and equipment expenses. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants using funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey in lauding these task forces and officers who are committed to taking drugs off the streets and arresting those who dare to profit from the tragedies they create,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

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ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

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