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February 26, 2016
Grants assist specialized crime units in northeast Alabama

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $149,975 to support special law enforcement units that investigate illegal drug activity and drug-related violent crime in Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall counties.

“Local efforts to combat the manufacture and trafficking of illegal drugs and investigate drug-related violent crime are important to the safety of our communities,” Bentley said. “I commend the efforts of these units to curb the flow of dangerous substances to our streets and to help residents feel safer.”

The DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit is using a $49,975 grant to support its investigations into illegal drugs and drug-related violent crime. The unit is made up of law enforcement officers from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Payne Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.

A $50,000 grant is assisting the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit, which investigates homicides, assaults, child abuse, sexual abuse and other major crimes.

The Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit is using a $50,000 grant to investigate the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. The unit is made up of representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Albertville Arab, Boaz, Grant and Guntersville.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA manages a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.

Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/