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Smith: Confused about war on drugs

By By Lisa Tindell
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith is confused about the priorities of those in government when it comes to funding the war on drugs in America.
In a recent move by the federal government, funds to fight the war on drugs in the United States was cut to zero when a push to fund the Justice Assistance Grant/ Byrne program failed. Those funds have been distributed in previous years among Drug Task Force units across the country.
Smith said there is not a lot that can be done about the situation, but citizens have an opportunity to help keep the local Drug Task.
Smith said Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Jo Bonner have been very supportive in their efforts to have the JAG/Byrne funds put into place.
Smith said the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force Unit is responsible for sending hundreds of drug dealers to court each year.
Smith said those statistics alone are worth fighting to keep the Drug Task Force Unit alive.
Smith recommended citizens who are in favor of keeping the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force alive, should call Senator Sessions and Congressman Bonner to voice their concerns.
Sessions can be reached by calling (251) 414-3083. Bonner may be reached by calling 251-690-2811 or 1-800-288-8721.