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Lee County law enforcement received grant to keep drugs off streets

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

The war against drugs continues in Lee County, and now local law enforcement has more resources to fight the growing problem.

The Keokuk Police Department received a federal grant for $14,603 through the Department of Justice.

Chief Dave Hinton says he chose to give $8,900 of it to the county drug task force because he says the work they do it vital in keeping drugs off the streets.

Lee County Drug Task Force Commander Stacy Weber says last year his team investigated drug cases that put more than 150 dealers and users behind bars.

Weber says the goal is to get drugs off the streets of Lee County.

"We don't want that stuff around here or our kids so they want us to be aggressive and go after these guys," said Weber.

Weber says it can take a lot of man hours investigating meth, but federal funding for salaries is running low.

"We've been told by the people that do manage it that it will decrease next year and to expect a huge decline," said Weber.

That's why Weber says the money they're receiving from the grant will help to pay overtime.

"This boils down to response. If we don't have money for overtime when the officers on the street call for that speciality unit to come out to assist and there's no overtime money available then they can't. They just simply can't go," said Weber.

And some residents say the task force is working and they think it should be given more resources.

"The track record has been good here, and we spend a lot of money in our country on things  that are pretty frivolous and this is a good expenditure if you can save lives and get people away from this," said Mike Shea.

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