For the second consecutive year, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been named the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association. County Executive Mike Sanders recognized the work of the Task Force during this afternoon’s regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature.
Over the last three years, the Task Force has assisted federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in helping to break up a major drug trafficking organization that was distributing drugs in multiple states across the country. This investigation has led to 25 federal indictments thus far for crimes, including distribution of cocaine as well as illegal firearms possession.
“The work of the Jackson County Drug Task Force is often more dangerous than any of us could imagine, but these individuals continually put themselves at risk for the safety of our community,” said County Executive Sanders. “For this group to be nominated and selected by their peers in the law enforcement community is a tremendous honor.”
In 2012, the Drug Task Force seized over 1,000 grams of crack cocaine, nearly 600 pounds of marijuana, and 25 pounds of methamphetamine. The value of these seizures alone is worth over $3 million. They also presented 349 cases for prosecution.
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 county-wide quarter-cent Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT).
“I have been involved in law enforcement for 31 years and have had the opportunity to work with numerous narcotics units throughout the metropolitan area,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. “The one that continues to rise to the top is the Jackson County Drug Task Force. I can attribute this to the leadership of the organization, the integrity of the employees, and their ability to present cases for prosecution.”