Jackson County Executive to Recognize
Accomplishments of Drug Task Force

April 23, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will hold a press conference Tuesday, April 24, 2012 to recognize the efforts of the Jackson County Drug Task Force in fighting drug abuse and crime in the community.

The press conference will take place at 11:00 A.M. on the 2nd floor of the downtown Jackson County Courthouse (415 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri).

The task force was recently named the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association. Over the last year, task force operations led to 244 arrests and the seizure of over 4,000 grams of cocaine, 58 pounds of marijuana and 93 pounds of methamphetamine. The task force also assisted other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in uncovering a $1 million drug trafficking conspiracy that led to 31 individuals receiving federal indictments for distributing cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The Jackson County Drug Task Force was formed in 1985 and is comprised of representatives from fourteen area law enforcement agencies including police departments throughout the county as well as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol. The drug task force is funded by the quarter-cent Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT). 

County Executive Sanders will be joined at the press conference by task force staff, police chiefs throughout Jackson County, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp as well as Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Sanders will highlight recent accomplishments of the Drug Task Force and the positive effect their work has had on the community.

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