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March 8, 2013

Combating highway drug traffic priority for District 6 DA team

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Hicks said the task force is made possible because of JAG Funds — grants given to the District Attorney’s office. He said JAG Funds are only expected to continue for the next 12 to 24 months.
In Hick’s first year in office, the task force received $188,000 for the task force. In his second year, the task force’s funding went down to $166,000. Hicks expects another funding cut this year.
With the interdiction unit pulling more money off the highways, the portion of money received by the District Attorney’s office will subsidize the task force and offset the decreasing funds. The more busts the task force makes, the more money the task force will receive.
Hicks said the idea is to keep the task force going and to keep the police officers on  the streets.

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