For the third consecutive year, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been recognized as the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association (MNOA). Additionally, Dan Cummings, the Officer in Charge for the Task Force has been named Officer of the Year by the MNOA.
"To receive this award three years in a row is a remarkable achievement," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. "It is a testament to the members of the Task Force and the hard work and long hours they put in to help rid our community of large amounts of dangerous and illegal drugs."
During 2013, Task Force operations led to the seizure of over 29 pounds of methamphetamines, 606 pounds of marijuana, nearly 300 pounds of synthetic narcotics as well as a large amount of crack and cocaine. The estimated street value of these seizures alone is worth over $7.5 million. The Task Force also made 177 arrests in the last year along with presenting 205 cases for prosecution.
"Over the years, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has proven to be a great asset to the citizens and guests of Jackson County," said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. "I look forward to our continued partnership in the future."
The Jackson County Drug Task Force was formed in 1986 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 Task Force is funded by the quarter-cent Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT).