MA: Massachusetts State Police receive $5M federal grant to combat illicit drug manufacturing, distribution

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The Massachusetts State Police received close to $4 million in funds, the top award among 14 states, through the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF), and $1 million through the Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP).

The Massachusetts State Police are among nearly two dozen state-level law enforcement agencies to receive nearly $42 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, Heroin

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The Massachusetts State Police received close to $4 million in funds, the top award among 14 states, through the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF), and $1 million through the Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP).

The COPS Office awarded more than $29.7 million in grant funding to 14 state law enforcement agency task forces through the AHTF program.

According to a DOJ release, the program provides three years of funding directly to state-level law enforcement agencies with what it calls “multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures, in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and other opioids.”

It said the funding also supports “the location or investigation of illicit activities through statewide collaboration related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.”

Other top grantees includes New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety and Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

The COPS Office awarded $12 million, or $1 million each, to 12 state law enforcement agencies, including ones in Kentucky and Indiana, through CAMP.

The release said the state agencies receiving CAMP funding “have demonstrated numerous seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures.”

The agencies are being awarded three years of funding through CAMP to “support the location or investigation of illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine trafficking.”

During the five-month period between October 2019 and February 2020, according to the release, current AHTF program grantees reported the seizure of over $4 million in cash and 1,213 firearms; CAMP grantees reported seizures of more than $7 million in cash and 1,577 firearms.

In the first three months of 2020, there were 112 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts, according to the latest figures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which estimates that there will be an additional 319 to 393 deaths.

Preliminary data from January through March 2020, according to those estimates, show there were 467 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths, an estimated 28 fewer deaths, which the DPH says is a 5.7 percent decline compared to the first three months of 2019.

Among the 1,873 opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in 2019 where a toxicology screen was also available, 1,752 of them, some 94%, were said to have a positive screen result for fentanyl.

Massachusetts has been among the states with the highest rates of opioid-involved overdose deaths, but has one of the lowest rates of opioid prescribing levels, according to government statistics.

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