Mexico renews with drug task force

Mexico renews with drug task force
Dave Faries

The city of Mexico renewed its participation in the East Central Drug Task Force, a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies in eight counties and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Mexico’s share of the tab for the year is expected to be $11,500. According to Public Safety Department chief Susan Rockett, that amount has been funded.

City Council member Chris Williams said it is important that residents understand that MPSD does not employ officers dedicated to narcotics investigation, although the department typically makes 60 drug-related arrests in the course of their regular duties in a year.

“That’s what we have the task force for,” he noted.

The task force identifies and targets active “drug enterprises” in the eight county area. Its purpose is to bolster the resources of local departments.

In addition to Sheriff’s Offices in the area, police departments in 12 cities -- including Mexico and Centralia -- contribute to the coalition, operating under the direction of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol provides investigators for each case.

According to Rockett, the arrangement between the law enforcement agencies is unchanged from the previous year.

The City Council gave unanimous assent to the agreement.

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