U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Monday announced $1 million in Federal funding for the West Virginia State Police aimed at combating illicit methamphetamine production and trafficking.
"The perils that clandestine meth labs and illicit drug trafficking pose to our families, communities and economy require a strong and coordinated response by our law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, community leaders, and others, which is why I fight so hard to support anti-drug programs and worked to help secure this very important federal grant. This funding will help to provide specialized training and equipment to law enforcement personnel to aid in their investigations and cleanup of these toxic meth labs. We need to be doing more to combat this problem, and I am going to keep right on fighting to ensure the funding and resources are available to push back against the threat of drug abuse in our communities," said Rahall.
The two-year grant was made possible by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program.
West Virginia State Police will use the funds to hire and train law enforcement personnel to investigate illicit methamphetamine production and distribution and to purchase equipment to cleanup clandestine methamphetamine labs. It also will coordinate and develop partnerships with community leaders, local fire departments, drug courts, prosecutors, child protective services, treatment providers, and other law enforcement agencies to prevent the proliferation of methamphetamine.
Rahall has been a strong advocate of COPS anti-methamphetamine funding and contacted Justice Officials in behalf of the State Police grant application.