Thanks to a MoSMART grant, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is able to employ a full-time narcotics officer who, according to recently released statistics, has been busy for the first six months of 2011.
Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay said the department's narcotics officer is devoted to working specifically on the area's growing methamphetamine problem and he has been highly successful.
From Jan. 1 to June 30, this officer seized six methamphetamine labs, cleaned up five lab dump sites and made nine arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine. In addition, the officer made the following arrests: two arrests, attempting to manufacture methamphetamine; five arrests, distribution of methamphetamine; 30 arrests, possession of methamphetamine; and three arrests, possession of more than nine grams of pseudoephederine.
These statistics do not include combined arrests for assists with other agencies including municipalities and area drug task forces.
MoSMART (Missouri Sheriff Methamphetamine Relief Task Force) grants are administered through the Missouri Department of Public Safety.