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Expanded Drug Task Force Gets A Hand

Grant Worth Nearly $180K; Two Will Staff Glasgow Office


The Havre Police Department has been awarded $179,833.76 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force for the 2014-15 grant year. It's money that will help the Glasgow area.

The drug task force includes merged operations with similar efforts in Valley, Sheridan and Daniels counties – an area previously known as the Big Muddy River Drug Task Force.

The drug task force has served Havre, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Valley and Phillips counties, along with the Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap Indian reservations. The current budget is $368,698.71 for the grant year and additional funds are provided as matching monies from each agency.

With the expansion, the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force has opened an office in Glasgow, which will be staffed by two, while Havre will maintain its current office, which is staffed by four agents.

The goals of the drug task force are to include educating the public on drug awareness, prevention and reduction of drug trafficking in the state of Montana, especially in the north central and northeastern areas.

If the public needs assistance or wishes to report suspicious drug related activity, please contact team leaders CJ Reichelt in the Havre area at 406-265-1192 or Reed Mesman in the Valley County Sheriff's Office at 406-228-6279.

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