Despite meth problems, narcotics units cut in Jefferson County

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 6:21 PM

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – Authorities in Jefferson County are going to have a tougher time cracking down on its troubling meth problem due to state and federal grant funding being cut.

Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said the Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group will lose 20 to 30 percent of its man power because of a reduction in federal grants.  In turn, that will mean the loss of three task force officers, who will be relocated to other positions.

The unit currently receives just more than $300,000. That number will drop to $250,000 by the end of the year.

The task force deals with a lot of methamphetamine cases in Jefferson County. The county accounted for more than 250 meth lab busts in 2011 alone. That’s at least two times more than any other county in the St. Louis region.

Those numbers are expected to go up in every county in 2012.

The sheriff said the newest cuts also mean officers will most likely be slower in reacting to resident’s complaints on drug issues.

“We still want the information, we ask our citizens to be patient with our ability to respond in a timely manner,” Boyer said.

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