Drug Agency Might Disband! 

Drug Agency Might Disband! 
Posted by FoM on December 15, 1998 at 06:19:50 PT

A suburban drug enforcement agency may disband this week after 21 years in operation if the Illinois State Police goes ahead with plans to redeploy its officers.
An official from the Cook County Metropolitan Enforcement Group said State Police plans to pull 10 troopers off duty with the agency could mean the end for the task force that targets low- and mid-level drug crimes.State Police officials say no final decision has been made about whether its officers will remain with the unit.``The whole situation is being reviewed and at this point we have not pulled out of MEG,'' State Police spokesman Lincoln Hampton said.But Lynwood Police Chief Dave Palmer, chairman of the Cook County MEG policy board, said he has been informed in writing by the State Police that they are pulling out.The units work undercover in coordination with about 50 local police departments who contribute by either assigning officers or making annual payments. So far this year Cook County MEG officers have made 234 arrests and seized more than $88 million worth of marijuana and other drugs.But seizure of cash is down significantly, Cook County MEG Deputy Director Warren Millsaps said. The unit collected $2.7 million in cash, vehicles and other property in 1995. So far this year it has taken in only about $162,810.Palmer blamed the decline on the fact that MEG units are increasingly working in extremely poor communities.
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